April 25, 2014
UPDATE: The confirmation process of radical judicial nominee Michelle Friedland has unfortunately survived one critical hurdle. On April 10th, the Senate voted 56-41 to invoke cloture, which ended the time allotted for debate. It is worth noting that under the long-time Senate rules, a 56-41 vote would mean cloture had failed.
However, Harry Reid’s nuclear option lowered the threshold to a simple majority, allowing Friedland to advance. This rule change came back into focus after the vote, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Reid, “If the majority leader doesn’t like the way the Senate’s working, I would recommend he change his behavior. You know, the Senate doesn’t have a rules problem, we have a behavior problem.”
Additionally, her efforts against California’s Proposition 8 contended that the state’s citizens had no right to amend their own constitution to address the question of marriage. A “Judge Friedland” would expand her own authority at the expense of the right of the people to govern themselves according to their own moral and religious beliefs. For her work to erode the rights of the people, Friedland has been commended by leftist groups such as the ACLU.
Friedland has also repeatedly endorsed international judges as authorities over state law, arguing that the International Court of Justice took precedence over state laws.
- Leader Letter Signed by Top Conservative Leaders Opposing Friedland
- Changing the Rules, Changing America: The Senate and Judicial Supremacy
Please Vote NO on Friedland!
I am writing to urge you to vote NO on all votes related to the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Friedland holds a radical belief in judicial supremacy that would usurp legislative authority and ultimately undermine the rule of law by the people.
From her law review articles and frequent advocacy, we know that in Friedland’s view, there is no room for the people, or the legislatures they elect, to determine the extent and limits of rights. According to her, rights begin and end with judges.
Her disdain for Judeo-Christian beliefs is troubling, as are her repeated endorsements of international authorities over state law.
Michelle T. Friedland is unfit for the federal bench, we urge you to vote NO on final confirmation.