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Judicial Nominations

Stop Complaining About 'Judicial Activism'

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The SCOTUS confirmation process has been dominated by extended, fruitless discussions of the supposed scourge of "judicial activism." At a time when the government is claiming unprecedented authority over our lives, we should shift the focus to the judiciary's critical role in protecting our constitutional rights.

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Republican Claims About Judicial Nominations Combine Gross Inaccuracies With Banal Observations

Nan Aron | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

In addition to the quantity of judicial confirmations, Hatch and Gray persist in their bizarre view that it was improper for President Obama to fill longstanding vacancies on the D.C. Circuit, and they complain that rules reform has led to "controversial judges."

The Parties Can and Should Come Together on Judicial Nominations

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Federal courts are vital -- they decide pressing matters every day, whether they are challenges to employment discrimination, corporate malfeasance, or immigration appeals. Do we just throw our hands up on judicial nominations, buying into a lazy argument that nothing much can be done now with a Senate controlled by Republicans?

Jennifer Bendery

Orrin Hatch Flip-Flops On Restoring Senate Filibuster Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Republicans swept control of the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a plea to his party: Keep current filibuster rules...

Lame Duck Opportunity and Obligation: Confirm Judges

Paul Gordon | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

It is not a controversial or partisan position to state that our courts should be staffed. And it should not be a controversial or partisan position to say that the Senate should be allowed to vote by year's end on whether to confirm the two dozen judicial nominees whose time would be better spent hearing cases rather than waiting out partisan senators.

Jennifer Bendery

Fate Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Unclear Under GOP-Controlled Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most unpredictable outcomes of a GOP takeover of the Senate, which is looking likely, is the fate of President Barack Obama's...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Sink Controversial Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives appear to have won their fight to sink President Barack Obama's controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs. The New Yo...

Raising the Bar: The International Criminal Court Deserves Supremely Qualified Judges

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is one of the main responsibilities of States Parties to provide the Court with the tools to fulfill its mandate. This includes not only financial support but also nominating and electing supremely qualified judges.

What Do Oz and Our Federal Courts Have in Common?

Peg Perl | Posted 10.26.2014 | Denver
Peg Perl

All federal judges go through a public Senate confirmation process after they are nominated by the President. But where does the President get those names to nominate?

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Leaving His Mark On Judiciary As Senate Confirms Gay, Black Judges

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made history on Tuesday with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florid...

Jennifer Bendery

Human Rights Groups Urge Senate Judiciary Committee To Reject Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive groups are piling on opposition to Michael Boggs, President Barack Obama's nominee under attack for his socially conservativ...

Jennifer Bendery

Al Franken Will Vote Against Embattled Judge Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that he will oppose President Barack Obama's beleaguered nominee Michael Boggs for a federal ju...

Jennifer Bendery

As Senate Runs Out Of Judges To Confirm, Dozens Of Courts Still Sit Empty With No Nominees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all the stagnation in Congress, there's a constant stream of action on one front: Judicial nominations. The Senate has confirmed...

Jennifer Bendery

Vermont Christians Urge Patrick Leahy To Oppose Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) should expect some visitors at one of his Vermont offices on Friday: Burlington-area Christians plan to drop ...

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Confirms Drone Memo Author As Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday confirmed David Barron to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, overcoming bipartis...

Jennifer Bendery

Civil Rights Leaders Considered Public Event To Question John Lewis On Michael Boggs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Critics of President Barack Obama's judicial pick Michael Boggs breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a reve...

Jennifer Bendery

Liberal Groups Pile Opposition Onto Obama Judicial Nominee Ahead Of Confirmation Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he heads into his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs faces a fresh wave of opposition fro...

Jennifer Bendery

Fate Of Obama's Embattled Judicial Nominee Rests With Democrats Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Boggs, the Georgia judicial nominee whom progressive groups are determined to defeat, is finally receiving a confirmation hearin...

Jennifer Bendery

Contentious Obama Nominee Apologizes To Committee For Omitting Details From Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's most controversial judicial nominees has apologized to the Senate Judiciary Committee for omitting detai...

Jennifer Bendery

Pennsylvania Progressives Race To Stave Off Potential Tea Party Obama Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressives in Pennsylvania are scrambling to derail a deal they say the state's U.S. senators are quietly trying to cut with the White...

Jennifer Bendery

Progressive Groups Urge Senators To Stop With All The Corporate Judicial Nominees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the clock running down on President Barack Obama's time in the White House, more than 30 labor, civil rights and environmental grou...

Jennifer Bendery

Marco Rubio Clears Path For First Black, Openly Gay Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida judicial nominee Darrin Gayles just inched a little closer to becoming the nation's first black, openly gay man to serve as a fe...

Senate Rejects Lawyer Who Represented a Murderer, But Not Corporations Accused of Human Rights Abuses

Katie Redford | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Katie Redford

Perhaps it should not surprise us that politicians give more scrutiny to a nominee who insisted that an individual murderer should be given a fair hearing, than to a nominee who argued that corporations should not be held responsible for committing gross human rights abuses.

Jennifer Bendery

Chuck Grassley Touts Record Of Confirming Obama Nominees, Harry Reid Eyes Kool-Aid Bowl

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The judicial nominations process is as clogged up as ever, with Senate Republicans using any number of ways to delay or straight-up bloc...