Wed. 5/30 – Judiciary Day – Part 1 – Heinous nominees and proof that party matters when it comes to justice.

#1a – “NO” on Britt Grant for US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Britt Grant, who is on Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist in spite of having only served as a judge since last year, has been nominated for a lifelong spot on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

And that could be a very long time, as she’s just 40 years old.

But already, this hard-right Federalist Society member has a record of defending unconstitutional restrictions on the right to choose and undermining the Voting Rights Act, along with fighting collective bargaining for public sector workers. According to AJI, she “represents an advocacy position that is extreme,” in that she has sought to weaken rights of women, persons of color, LGBTQ Americans, and workers, as well as environmental protections. This record raises serious questions as to whether she will protect critical constitutional rights and legal protections for all persons.”

There shouldn’t be a question here.

Let’s make sure our senators know this is the sort of ultraconservative record we don’t need in our federal courts.

 #1b – Rinse and Repeat-  “NO” on Ryan Bounds for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

(Original post here.)

The Trump administration has nominated Oregon Assistant US Attorney Ryan Bounds for a lifetime appointment to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This is Bounds’ second nomination, after his 2017 nomination didn’t result in a vote. Since his re-nomination in January 2018, Bounds has shared bigoted essays from his past that reveal he is unfit for a lifetime judgeship. While a student at Stanford, Bounds used racial slurs to describe people of color, dismissed efforts address campus sexual assault, and denigrated the LGBTQ community. While editor of The Stanford Review “Smoke Signals” opinion page, he used a caricature of a Native American as its mascot, even though the university at large stopped using this racist imagery 20 years prior. Bounds’s history of vocal bigotry and his concealment of these materials during his initial nomination suggest he has not moved on from his hateful past.

It should also be noted that 90% of President Trump’s judicial nominees, including Ryan Bounds, are members of the Federalist Society. This group of conservative and libertarian lawyers’ membership represents only 4% of lawyers in the US but comprises 90% of Trump’s judicial nominees. Federalist Society members seek to promote conservative legal interpretations of issues such as the Second Amendment, states’ rights, campaign finance regulation and the Commerce clause. Ryan Bounds’s deeply conservative legal philosophy and long-hidden prejudices against just about every group except white males makes him an inappropriate choice for the 9th Circuit.

Action: Make 2 calls in one!

Minimum Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator Feinstein, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, to vote “NO” on these inappropriately hard-right candidates:

  • Britt Grant for US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and
  • Ryan Bounds for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Minimum Script if they pass out of the Judiciary Committee: (Check here for information) I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to vote “NO” on these inappropriately hard-right candidates:

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts:

Postcard opportunity!

Sorry, Mr. Gorsuch. There is a difference between Republican and Democratic judges.

The GOP ones are measurably more racist…

“Judges appointed by Republican presidents gave longer sentences to black defendants and shorter ones to women than judges appointed by Democrats, according to a new study that analyzed data on more than half a million defendants.”

Republican-appointed judges sentence black defendants to three more months than similar nonblacks and female defendants to two fewer months than similar males compared with Democratic-appointed judges,” the study found, adding, “These differences cannot be explained by other judge characteristics and grow substantially larger when judges are granted more discretion.”

Send a postcard to:

Jeremy D. Fogel, Director, Federal Judicial Center
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
One Columbus Circle NE, Washington, DC 20002; 202-502-4160

Tell him that the jig is up, and we want corrective justice.




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