We recently chronicled the glacial pace of judicial confirmations under the leadership of Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Yet, despite the slow start, Senator Grassley has already shifted his sights—to shutting down judicial confirmations altogether. In comments today at the National Press Club, Senator Grassley said of judicial nominations: “Come July of 2016, probably they’ll… Read more »
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Over the past several decades, a conservative-led campaign has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court.
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When I was a kid, we used to play a game called M.A.S.H. The game was simple: all you needed was a pen and paper. You’d come up with a bunch of categories, like what job you would have, who you would marry, what your wedding colors would be, how much money you’d make, where… Read more »
With a growing chorus calling for Senate Republicans to drop their obstruction of President Obama’s judicial and executive nominees, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is finding it hard to explain away all the delays. Yesterday, Grassley was asked about attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, who has been pending for more than five months, longer than any… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 23, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the next United States Attorney General: At long last, the Senate made history today by confirming President Obama’s nominee, Loretta Lynch, to be the next Attorney General. She is… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 23, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the introduction of the Supreme Court Ethics Act. Alliance for Justice is pleased to support the Supreme Court Ethics Act, legislation that will ensure the highest court in the land is held to the highest ethical… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 15: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s scheduled markup today of the so-called Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act: The so-called Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act is just a retread of something that was tried – and failed — years ago. It removes the… Read more »
AFJ in the News
Wisconsin’s 126-year tradition of selecting the chief justice by seniority has ended, thanks to a ballot measure pushed aggressively by Republican lawmakers (no Democrat in either the Senate or Assembly voted for it) and conservative big-money special interest groups.
After months of delay, a unanimous U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Alfred Bennett to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, cracking open slightly a national logjam of judicial nominations and a backlog of cases.
The Senate will do something next week that it hasn’t done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge of the Senate this year that they would move nominees at the same pace Democrats did when they controlled the Senate, Republicans haven’t done much of anything to fill vacancies on federal courts. They’ve only voted five judicial nominees out of committee since January.
On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in three consolidated cases: Michigan v. EPA, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, and National Mining Association v. EPA. At issue is the quality of the air we breathe.