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Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nomination

All has been quiet on the judicial nominations front for a while. A big fire is about to erupt. Two more controversial judges are up again for confirmation -- Terrence Boyle and Brett Kavenaugh. Democrats aren't happy with either, but they are particularly incensed about Boyle.

Democratic leaders said they certainly would filibuster one of the nominees, Terrence W. Boyle, and might filibuster the second, Brett Kavanaugh, if Republicans refuse to call him back for a second hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The partisan rhetoric was the strongest signal yet that the Senate might revisit the brinkmanship that brought the chamber to the edge of crisis a year ago, when a bipartisan group of 14 members crafted a temporary cease-fire.

The Bush family has been trying to get Boyle on the appellate bench since 1991. Bush I was unsuccessful. Now it's his son's turn.

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush first nominated Boyle, a U.S. District judge in North Carolina, for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Liberal groups vigorously opposed him -- as they do now -- saying his rulings have shown a disregard for minorities and disabled people. His nomination languished, and he was renominated in May 2001.

After the Gang of 14 did its dirty work, Boyle passed through the Judiciary Committee. Now he's coming up for a full vote in the Senate. Salon has the most recent report on Boyle's alleged conflicts of interest.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat of the Judiciary Committee, blasted Boyle on the floor of the Senate Monday, calling him "somebody who has violated every judicial ethic you can think of."

Back to the WaPo article, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid weighed in yesterday:

"I can't imagine how President Bush could bring him to the Senate for confirmation," Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters yesterday. If GOP leaders insist on a confirmation vote, he said, Democrats "without question" will launch a filibuster.

Here's a summary of the report (pdf) on Judge Boyle prepared by Alliance for Justice. People for the American Way have this report.

As to Kavenaugh, who is being nominated for a seat on the ultra-influential D.C. Court of Appeals, he may be one of the least qualified nominees ever to serve as an appellate judge. According to his DOJ resume, He has never been a judge or a trial lawyer. He's never tried a case. He has been a law clerk numerous times and a Starr deputy during Clinton (after which he became a partner at Starr's firm, Kirkland and Ellis.) He spent a year in the Solicitor General's office and then became associate counsel for Bush. Since 2003, he has been a staff secretary in the White House counsel's office. Democrats want another chance to question him when he comes up for a vote in the Judiciary Committee today. Sen. Specter says he'll consider the request.

Nominated in July 2003, Kavanaugh testified to the committee in April 2004. Democrats say several Bush administration controversies have arisen since -- including mistreatment of foreign detainees, warrantless domestic surveillance and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal -- and they want to know whether Kavanaugh had a role in them from his post that handles all paperwork entering the Oval Office.

Alliance for Justice has a full report (pdf) on Kavenaugh. It says:

Kavanaugh has less legal experience than nearly every past nominee to the D.C. Circuit, often described as the second most important in the country. When first nominated in 2003, Kavanaugh had been a lawyer for less than thirteen years and had little courtroom or litigation experience. Of the 54 judges appointed to the D.C. Circuit since Congress created it in 1893, only one, Kavanaugh's mentor Kenneth Starr, had fewer years of experience than Kavanaugh. Even now that Kavanaugh has been a lawyer for more than fourteen years--albeit in a non-legal
position since his nomination--only three D.C. Circuit judges had less experience at the time of their appointments: Starr, failed Supreme Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg, and turn-of-thecentury jurist Charles Henry Robb.

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  • Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed May 03, 2006 at 06:52:33 AM EST
    charlie - You may need to a little research, as Senator Reid does, before deciding a person is incompetent:
    Reid reportedly said of Kavanaugh, "Here's a person who has been involved in a lot of things dealing with torture, and his experience is nonexistent, basically --41-years old. I'm not sure he's ever been in a courtroom."
    Whelan responds, "I am reliably informed that Kavanaugh had zero involvement in Administration policy on detainees. And Kavanaugh has, among other things, argued cases in the Supreme Court and court of appeals."
    Link This is a clear example of the Demos not looking at the quakifications, but just shooting off their mouths. And they want the american people to trust them to run the country.

    Jim, I'd sooner trust those that shoot off at the mouth, than those that would chain a living, breathing PERSON to a ceiling and beat said person until death. Lots of people shoot off at the mouth...huh, Jim

    Kavanaugh represented, pro bono, Elian Gonzalez during the deportation fiasco. Not exactly the expected behavior of a guy who would stomp on the downtrodden and needy. Also consider that the ABA (most definitely a left-leaning organization) rated him "well qualified". Read a more complete bio of him, from Legal Times.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed May 03, 2006 at 10:28:57 AM EST
    deanyb - Nice try at changing the subject, but I pass on this one. Reid demnstrated who he is and how he operates, I don't need to add a thing.

    really wasn't trying to change to subject, I'm just saying... I don't trust people that want to see others die bleeding,screaming,slowly agonized deaths. Doesn't win my heart or mind.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Wed May 03, 2006 at 10:50:59 AM EST
    Reid "reportedly said" - according to one of powerlines corresponents in the field. Thats almost as good as your late breaking scoop (or shovel full) about what "Mission Accomplished" really meant. You demonstrate who are and how you operate every day.

    Jim: Why do you believe Kavanaugh had a hand in drafting the "torture memo"? Do you have a marginally authoritative source for that (ie Kos and ThinkProgress do not count).

    Excuse me. Not Jim, but Deanyb.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#9)
    by jondee on Wed May 03, 2006 at 11:10:11 AM EST
    ppj - Your "link" about what Reid "reportedly" said links to another source who talks about what Reid "reportedly" said without even having the cajones to name the source. Another words, another scintillating example sleazy wingnut hearsay. Nice try. Btw, reportedly, by "Mission Accomplished" Bush was refering to his high fibre cereal taking effect after he got into that jet.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#10)
    by Sailor on Wed May 03, 2006 at 04:44:07 PM EST
    I don't trust people that want to see others die bleeding,screaming,slowly agonized deaths.
    Amen. BTW, if you hang out here long enough you find that whenever ppj accuses you of something, it's because he is practicing it. Don't take it personally, he's an equal opportunity annoyer.
    Kavanaugh represented, pro bono, Elian Gonzalez during the deportation fiasco.
    No, it wasn't pro bono, he was paid for it by Starr's law firm, and it was only during the appeal process.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed May 03, 2006 at 06:30:01 PM EST
    Jondee - Don't believe? Then prove me wrong. I note you didn't challenge the base accuracy, just the source. Sailor - Accuse? I merely asked a question. Is that forbidden in your world?...... even if it is annoying.... charlie - To call balls and strikes it is assumed that you can see. Since you didn't note that the commeny was actually to Deanyb, I assume you have vision poblems. BTW - croc_choda has as much right to be here as you, or me, or anyone else. All of us are guests. It isn't our call.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#12)
    by squeaky on Wed May 03, 2006 at 06:37:58 PM EST
    Ha, that was meant to be cuddly, you are never cussly.

    Brett is a pure partisan. He was Ken Starr's boy. The only time he argued before the Supreme Court that I could find was when he worked for Ken Starr and they were trying to pin Vince Foster's death on the Clintons. Brett's a freak.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#14)
    by jondee on Wed May 03, 2006 at 09:08:11 PM EST
    ppj - Alot of people saying "reportedly" is nothing but hearsay, and you know it. Why do you waste our time with that kind of crap? Aside from the fact that you so desperatly want to believe it, I mean.

    Re: Dems Prepare to Block Terrence Boyle's Nominat (none / 0) (#15)
    by Sailor on Thu May 04, 2006 at 01:44:11 PM EST
    ppj didn't ask a question, he accused deanyb of "Nice try at changing the subject"