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Call for Action: D.C. Court of Appeals Nomination (english)
by Jennifer Clough
Email: jclough (nospam) curl.com
27 Feb 2003
Call for action to contact your Senators about preventing Miguel Estrada's confirmation to the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Miguel Estrada was nominated, by President Bush, to the D.C. Court of Appeals, one of the few circuits that is still ideologically balanced, and which is recognized as the second most important federal court in the country because it has jurisdiction over the work of all of the federal agencies. First Being the Supreme Court. 3 Supreme Court Justices have come from the D.C. Court of Appeals- Scalia, Thomas & Ginsberg.
During his confirmation hearing, Estrada refused to reveal his position on the correctness of Roe v. Wade and Romer v. Evans. He declined to answer and was evasive when asked crucial questions about environmental and worker rights. Excerpt from the Congressional Record transcript of Feb 6th.
"the Judiciary Committee asked him roughly 80 questions and he didn't give any answers.
He gave answers such as:
``I have not read the briefs;''
``I wasn't present during arguments;''
``I have to independently research the issue.''
He was asked to name three cases from the last 40 years--Supreme Court cases--of which he was critical.
He didn't have any."
His supervisor in the Solicitor General's office has said that Estrada "lacks the judgment" and is "too much of an ideologue to be an appeals court judge." "
A man who is trying to become a Judge in the second most important court of the land should not be so evasive. Which casts suspicion of his refusal to answer these and any other questions posed by the Judiciary Committee. He is refusing to answer questions about his politics which would affect they way that he cast his votes in certain court cases. Court cases that would have wide ranging effects. Look at Roe v. Wade.
For the record: I find it acceptable that an administration try to make judicial appointments in favor with its own policies. If he is going to be conservative, let him say so. Otherwise, he does not have the integrity to be allowed into office.
Now it appears that President Bush is trying to place public pressure on this nomination - last week his national radio address (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030222-1.html) was all about the need to confirm this nominee & a speaking engagement today with the Latino Coalition. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030226-3.html)
The Republicans will only need 60 votes to force a final vote (and end the filibuster) - apparently 5 Democratic Senators have decided to vote with the Republicans for cloture if asked for it.
those senators are
Sen. Bill Nelson or Florida
Sen. John B. Breaux of Louisiana
Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas.
If you have read this far then you may be interested in some additional information:
Here is his Bio http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/estradabio.htm
If you feel strongly as I do, that Miguel Estrada should not be confirmed or at least provide answers & state his opinion/beliefs- Please join me in writing your Senator: http://www.senate.gov
and/or perhaps the Senators listed above.