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Thursday, May 13, 2010

After months of GOP obstruction, Senate Judiciary Committee recommends Liu for court confirmation.

After losing the health care reform fight in March, Republicans vowed revenge by obstruction. One of their targets was President Obama’s nominee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, University of California law professor Goodwin Liu, whom they have repeatedly blocked from receiving a Senate Judiciary Committee vote. For months, conservatives have demonized him as a radical, activist candidate with no experience — despite the praise he has received from conservative legal figures. In a Judiciary Committee hearing today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that Liu “should be running for office, not a judge.” However, the committee nevertheless finally voted 12-7 along party lines to recommend Liu’s confirmation in the full Senate. Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a statement praising Liu’s qualifications and denouncing the GOP obstruction:
[Liu] has an extraordinary legal mind and is a person of integrity. No one can or should question his qualifications, talent or character, all of which are first rate. In fact, today’s debate and vote will likely say more about the Senators voting than about Professor Liu. No fair-minded person who attended his hearing can doubt his temperament. He answered every question. He assured this Committee that he understands the role of a judge, and the need for a judge to follow the law and adhere to the rule of law. He meets and exceeds every standard we have used to measure judicial nominees. He met every test the Senators on this Committee presented to him. LinkHere
Goodwin Liu was 'blasted by GOP more than any other Obama nominee.'


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