Judge Edward Prado Nominated for Fifth Circuit Seat
President Bush has nominated Edward C. Prado, a U.S. District Court Judge in the Western District of Texas, for a seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
We are pleased. Judge Prado opposes mandatory minimum sentences. In 1996, on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), I invited Judge Prado to Washington, DC, to serve on a panel of experts opposing mandatory minimum sentences, as part of our then-annual Legislative Fly-in. The panel was entitled, Sentencing: The Miscarriage of Mandatory Minimums. Other members of the panel included U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter (C.D.C.A.) and Julie Stewart of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM).
Judge Prado was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1984. Prior to that he had been both a prosecutor and a public defender and a state court judge.
Here are Judge Prado's remarks:
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