November 30, 2018
Farr Confirmation Fails in Face of Overwhelming Opposition
Thomas Farr’s judicial nomination to the Eastern District of North Carolina went down to defeat on November 29, after Sens. Tim Scott and Jeff Flake both made it clear they opposed him and a handful of other Republican Senators expressed doubts as well. Farr was first nominated in July of 2017. AFJ issued a report on Farr in September of that year that provided explosive details of his involvement in voter suppression, including a Jesse Helms campaign scheme in which threatening postcards were mailed to African-American voters suggesting they might be ineligible to vote.
The nomination quickly ran into intense opposition from civil rights leaders, and at his confirmation hearing Farr denied taking part in the Helms scheme. But investigative media reports contradicted Farr’s statements. It became increasingly apparent that Farr had most likely lied to the Senate, and key Senators including Sen. Cory Booker demanded more information. With growing and concerted opposition on the Hill and an outpouring of grassroots activism led by powerful civil rights groups including the NAACP and NAACP LDF, the nomination ultimately was derailed. AFJ is so proud to have joined with our many partners in the progressive advocacy world and to have had a key role in the research, outreach and organizing that led to this outcome. We are most thankful that this outcome means that millions of North Carolinians in the Eastern District will not have their rights determined by a judge with a history of racist voter suppression.
Roberts’s Court Defense Stirs Skepticism
A recent rebuke of President Trump by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts grabbed the attention of court-watchers, as Roberts slapped down a claim by President Trump that judges are partisan. Trump had complained that a federal judge who ruled against denying asylum to migrants was an “Obama judge”; Roberts said there was no such thing. In a new Justice Watch blog post, AFJ’s Justice team warns that while Roberts’s remarks seem appealing at first, his motive for making them could be highly cynical. AFJ’s Senior Justice Fellow Bill Yeomans makes the same case in Yeomans Work.
Last Chance to Grab Tickets for AFJ’s Champions for Justice Gala December 4!
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and well-known attorney Roberta Kaplan will be the focus of AFJ’s annual gala on December 4 in New York. Roberta will receive the Champion of Justice award for her lifetime of work taking on cases such as the landmark United States v. Windsor, in which the Supreme Court held that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, leading to marriage equality nationwide. Our keynote speaker will be Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration and Acting Attorney General from January 20, 2017 through January 30, 2017. She made headlines for refusing to enforce President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban. Additional speakers include Uber Senior Vice President Tony West and activist/commentator Hilary Rosen. Click here to purchase tickets and sponsorships!
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Oct 19, 2018 – Recess Hearings Contribute to Court-Packing
Oct 12, 2018 – A Bad Day for the Court, an Important Day for the Resistance
Sep 29, 2018 – #BelieveSurvivors, #StopKavanaugh
Sep 14, 2018 – Bradley Whitford Stars in AFJ Constitution Day Video
Aug 24, 2018 – AFJ Joins Calls to Delay Kavanaugh Hearings
Aug 17, 2018 – Immigration Advocates, AFJ Speak Out Against Kavanaugh
Aug 10, 2018 – Kavanaugh Records Fight Takes Center Stage
Jul 26, 2018 – Kavanaugh’s Extreme Views Emerge in New Report
Jul 19, 2018 – Bounds Nomination Withdrawn
Jul 12, 2018 – #StopKavanaugh Campaign Launches
Jul 05, 2018 – Join AFJ in the Fight to #SaveSCOTUS
Jun 28, 2018 – Justice Kennedy Announces Retirement from SCOTUS
Jun 02, 2018 – AFJ Leads Immigration Advocates Opposing Judicial Nominees
May 19, 2018 – Nominee Votes Postponed Following AFJ, Allies’ Pressure
May 12, 2018 – Enough Is Enough
May 05, 2018 – Judiciary Committee Has Explosive Week Ahead