Thursday, August 09, 2007

Confirm Judge Southwick

It's been over a month since I posted. Between my sons' year-end allstar baseball runs (both were on teams that finished as runners-up in the state in their respective age divisions) and vacation, I haven't had time. But things have settled down and I hope to post more frequently.

One thing that is critically important to me is the appointment of judges to the federal courts, particularly the Supreme Court. There isn't currently a vacancy on the Supreme Court so the political battle is presently being fought over President Bush's nominations to fill vacancies on the Court of Appeals. The biggest battle right now is over the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit court sits in New Orleans and hears cases from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

By all accounts Judge Southwick is a respectable jurist, quality individual and a veteran. Senate democrats have searched and searched for dirt on Judge Southwick but were unable to find anything. When Judge Southwick was appointed to the federal district court (the level just below the court of appeals) not one senator voted against him. Still the judiciary committee delayed his court of appeals confirmation process.

On August 2 the committee finally voted 10-9 to send Judge Southwick's nomination to the full senate. Fred Thompson had this to say earlier about Judge Southwick's confirmation and then posted about the committee's vote.

Because of liberal interest groups' unfounded attacks on Judge Southwick I look for this battle to continue on the senate floor. Senate democrats just can't help themselves. They will attack any conservative jurist nominated by President Bush. I hope senate republicans stand-up for Judge Southwick and fight for his confirmation. We cannot continue to allow the democrats to defeat quality judges.

It is time to confirm Judge Southwick.


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Blogger Patricia W. said...

Jerome, your statement that "by all accounts" folks are in support of Judge Southwick's appointment is simply not true. You may consider the opposition "unfounded" but there are others--members of different groups, and some who are just like you--who feel differently.

I'm guessing you've already checked out the opposition but here are two links that speak to some of the concerns folks have. Are the concerns enough to derail a nomination? I don't know but they shouldn't be dismissed out of hand.

People for the American Way

I personally need to know more but I've heard and read enough to have some concerns. Thanks for listening.

12:49 PM  

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