Senate readies for vote on another right-wing judicial nominee

By |2018-01-15T18:49:59-05:00June 23rd, 2005|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman

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WASHINGTON – One more conservative activist judge is closer to sitting on a federal bench for life. Judge Terrence Boyle, a George W. Bush nominee for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by the Senate Judiciary committee on June 16. Boyle is one of only seven judicial nominees opposed by the Human Rights Campaign. The 4th Circuit hears cases originating in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
“Judge Boyle’s record makes him unfit for confirmation. Our judges should uphold the highest virtues, yet Judge Boyle has consistently demonstrated a hostility for civil rights and has tried to limit the scope of important legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fair-minded Senators on both sides of the aisle should carefully examine Judge Boyle’s record and when they do it will be clear that his nomination to a lifetime appointment should be defeated,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
According to the Alliance for Justice, Boyle has been reversed over 150 times – “twice the rate of the average judge.”
According to the Alliance for Justice site, Independent Judiciary, “Because the Supreme Court reviews less than 100 of the more than 20,000 cases decided by the circuit courts each year, almost all of the decisions Boyle would make as a circuit court judge in conjunction with his colleagues would be final, even if they were in serious error.”
Over one hundred women’s, human rights, disability rights and other organizations oppose Boyle’s confirmation, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the NAACP, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the United Spinal Association.
Jeffrey Montgomery, executive director for the Triangle Foundation, said of the vote, “[Boyle’s] been hostile to the Americans With Disabilities Act, and based on a lot of his other rulings, I think we can make a reasonable assumption that he wouldn’t rule in favor of our community. He’s just one more in this line of nominees that are being placed with the intention of reversing civil rights gains across the board, not to mention anything that comes up with equal marriage, civil unions or domestic partnership cases. The Republicans and [George W.] Bush have invented this bogeyman of the ‘activist judge,’ and the fact of the matter is that every one of his people that he has put up – every one of them is a total activist judge.”

Speak OUT!

Contact our state Senators and ask them to vote “No” on Boyle.
Senator Carl Levin – 269 Russell Office Building, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510-2202. Call 202-224-6221. Email Senator Levin by visiting the Contact Center on his website at http://www.senate.gov/~levin.
Senator Debbie Stabenow – 133 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510. Call 202-224-4822 or TTY: 202-224-2066 or e-mail [email protected].

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