PFAW ON BUSH NOMINATION OF CONTROVERSIAL JUDGES-Andrew Stelzer

12/23/04

President Bush announced this afternoon that he will re-nominate 20 judicial appointees, many of whom are strongly opposed by democrats, and some of whom were either blocked by democratic filibusters in the Senate, or never made it to the point of approval. The list to be resubmitted includes Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice whose nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has been blocked by Democrats since May 2001. She has been criticized over decisions on abortion, the environment and lawsuits against corporations. Another is former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor, an outspoken foe of abortion rights, for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Pryor was Alabama co-chairman of Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. Democratic leader Harry Reid says he's disappointed to hear that the president is resubmitting candidates Reid calls "extremist." Following the announcement, which was made at 3pm today. WMNF Judith Schaffer is the deputy director of people for the American way. Schaffer said the timing of the announcement is not surprising; Bush nominated Attorney General John Ashcroft on December 22nd, the Friday afternoon before Christmas, a time when many members of the press and the public are already on vacation.

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That was Judith Schaffer with people for the American way.

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