Tracking the latest developments in the fight for a fair America
This week, we celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who served in our armed forces. To ensure that our veterans and servicemembers can enjoy the rights and protections they have sacrificed to uphold, Congress has passed a variety of laws to protect them. Rightly so; our veterans deserve affordable health care, employment and consumer protections, and access to quality education. Sometimes, however, veterans’ rights are violated, and they must rely on our federal courts to enforce them.
On October 17, 2019, President Trump nominated Stephen A. Vaden to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade. If confirmed, he will fill the seat of Delissa A. Ridgway, a Clinton appointee. Alliance for Justice opposes Vaden’s confirmation. Vaden’s record, marked by disenfranchising voters, demoralizing workers, and defending attacks on civil liberties, demonstrates he will be a hyper-partisan, biased jurist, not a fair-minded judge.
Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on three judicial nominees: Halil Ozerden, Justin Walker, and Lee Rudofsky. Each in their own way belies any pretense that conservatives care about an independent judiciary, unbiased jurists, or —to parrot a standard GOP talking point — judges who will only interpret the law, not make it. Their nominations lift the veil off the conservative objective to use the courts to achieve their political and policy ends.
In reality, Republicans expect loyalty, not independence, from judges. These nominations illustrate that they are unabashed in their wish to pack the courts with ultraconservative hyperpartisans rather than neutral judges who will dispassionately apply facts to law. Read more
President Trump nominated Daniel M. Traynor on September 19, 2019 to the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.
In the past few years, Traynor has frequently taken to Twitter to criticize liberals on health care and immigration, spread right-wing conspiracy theories, and show his strong support for President Trump and his agenda.
We highlight some of Traynor’s twitter comments below because we believe greater scrutiny by the Senate is warranted; they demonstrate Traynor’s extreme partisanship, lack of judicial temperament, and raise questions regarding his ability to a be fair-minded and unbiased judge. This blog does not attempt to analyze the entirety of his record.
(“I will respect precedent!” –members of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court whispered quietly into the wind as they raced back to the partisan enclaves they crawled out of…)