An extraordinary idea surfaced at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s weekly business meeting last Thursday. Senator Diane Feinstein, a member of the committee since 1993, proposed that senators stop debating the meaning of the so-called Thurmond Rule—which we’ve previously described as “a figment of the partisan imagination invoked to give an air of legitimacy to . . . pure obstruction”—and that instead members of the committee “just sit down and do our job” to fairly consider and process judicial nominees.
The Nomination of Merrick Garland
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The Senate Republicans’ refusal to consider Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has forced the country into a perilous state of legal uncertainty. One of the Supreme Court’s most important duties is to ensure nationwide uniformity and consistency on important questions of federal law, including the meaning and scope of constitutional rights. When circuit courts reach conflicting conclusions about the law—generating a “circuit split”—the Supreme Court is often quick to step in, providing clarity with a definitive interpretation.
AFJ in the News
Alliance for Justice joined the growing list of advocacy groups pressuring the Senate to hold hearings on Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The group launched an interactive website on Tuesday called “The Garland Record“ that details Garland’s judicial decision-making.
According to the Constitution, the law is by, of, and for the people. Congress makes laws, the president enforces them, the courts interpret them. Yet if you want to read federal court documents—to challenge those laws, or analyze them, or simply see them in the making—you must pay. By the page.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2016—Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement in advance of the hearing in the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the Committee on Financial Services, entitled, “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public Interest and for the Protection… Read more »
The Garland Record examines in detail Judge Garland’s views on access to civil justice, civil rights, administrative law (including the environment, labor, and workplace safety), national security and detainee rights, the Freedom of Information Act, criminal law, and constitutional issues including the First Amendment, Second Amendment, due process, and the scope of federal power.
Actor, activist, and union member Bradley Whitford narrates this powerful documentary about Supreme Court cases that threaten to undermine the rights of working Americans – and how we can fight back.