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Sen. Sessions to Filibuster Obama Judicial Nominee

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions says he will filibuster the nomination of Indiana federal judge David Phillips to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sessions conceded that he probably lacks the votes necessary to ultimately prevent a final vote on Hamilton's confirmation....Decrying Hamilton's "steadfast resistance" to informed consent abortion laws and other positions that the Obama nominee has taken on the bench goes beyond the norm, Sessions argues.

A vote could take place tomorrow. Democrats likely have the votes necessary to confirm Phillips.(Even Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) will vote for Phillips.)

Roll Call reports Obama is ready to step up the pace of judicial nominations.

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Jeff Sessions as Ranking Republican on Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hugely powerful when it comes to crime bills and judges.

Today, the scope of the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction has broadened to include terrorism, human rights, immigration law, intellectual property rights, antitrust law, and Internet privacy. The Committee is also tasked with considering the President's nominees for federal judgeships, including Supreme Court justices. One of the most important functions of the Committee is to provide oversight of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jeff Sessions is a disaster for anyone hoping for justice refrom. He's a huge drug warrior, proponent of mandatory minimums. He's also a fierce opponent of immigration reform and any kind of path to citizenship for the undocumented. [More...]

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