|VOL. 5, NO. 10||Aug. 8, 2003|
|August Recess: No Break from Democrats Denying Justice|
Virginia C. Armstrong, Ph.D., National Chairman, Court Watch
Three is not a crowd for Democrat senators who voted before leaving for August recess last week to filibuster yet another of President Bush’s judicial nominees. Democrat senators added Alabama Attorney General William Pryor Jr., another well-qualified nominee, to the growing list of filibustered nominees yet to be voted on by the full Senate. Falling alongside fellow filibustered nominees, Miguel Estrada, nominated to the D.C. Circuit, and Priscilla Owen, nominated to the 5th Circuit, Pryor received only 53 of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.
Pryor's nomination highlights the blatant denial of justice caused by Democrats in the Senate. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) attacked Pryor’s "deeply held beliefs" as potentially too influential in Pryor's life to allow him to follow the rule of law. "It's hard to believe that the incredibly strong ideology of this nominee won't impact how he rules if he is confirmed," Schumer said. A devout Catholic, Pryor is guided by his values, including his pro-life position, which falls directly in line with Catholic doctrine. In this context, Democrats send a clear message: "Catholics need not apply."
Judge Pryor is not the only example of the Democrats attack on the judicial nominations process. Here are some key facts about the Democrats strangle hold on justice:
The Democrats' obstruction of justice must stop. Our judicial nominations process is no place for religious litmus tests or political retaliation.
Visit Your Senators While They Are Home,
And Urge Them To Stop Blockading Judicial Nominations!!!