Report on Judicial Nominee Janice Rogers Brown

People for the American Way (PFAW) has released a comprehensive report in opposition to Bush judicial nominee Janice Rogers Brown.

Currently, Rogers Brown is a very conservative Justice on the California Supreme Court. Bush nominated her for a seat on the powerful D.C. Court of Appeals. A seat on this court is regarded by many as a stepping stone to the U.S. Supreme Court.

PFAW's press release on the report states, in part:

“Janice Rogers Brown is the far right’s dream judge,” said People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas. “She embodies Clarence Thomas’s ideological extremism and Antonin Scalia’s abrasiveness and right-wing activism. Giving her a powerful seat on the DC Circuit Court would be a disaster.”

“Janice Rogers Brown has a record of hostility to fundamental civil and constitutional rights principles, and she is committed to using her power as a judge to twist the law in ways that undermine those principles, said Hilary Shelton, director, NAACP Washington Bureau. “For the administration to bring forward a nominee with this record and hope to get some kind of credit because she is the first African American woman nominated to the DC Circuit is one more sign of the administration’s political cynicism.”

The report released today, “Loose Cannon,” notes that when Brown was nominated to the state supreme court in 1996, she was found unqualified by the state bar evaluation committee, based not only on her relative inexperience but also because she was “prone to inserting conservative political views into her appellate opinions” and based on complaints that she was “insensitive to established precedent.”

The report carefully examines Brown’s record since she joined the court, especially her numerous dissenting opinions concerning civil and constitutional rights. Brown’s many disturbing dissents, often not joined by a single other justice, make it clear that she would use the power of an appeals court seat to try to erect significant barriers for victims of discrimination to seek justice in the courts, and to push an agenda that would undermine privacy, equal protection under the law, environmental protection, and much more.

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  • Is she the judge (none / 0) (#1)
    by cal1942 on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 08:05:07 PM EST
    who is so extreme in her contempt for civil society that she objects to the concept of zoning laws?