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Tuesday, 14th October 2008

New Report Spotlights Harm Caused by Bush Administration's Judicial Selection Legacy

New Report Spotlights Harm Caused by Bush Administration's Judicial Selection Legacy
Source: Alliance for Justice

Today, as President Bush appears before Federalist Society members to tout a judicial selection record that has undermined our constitutional values, Alliance for Justice is issuing a report that outlines the legacy of President Bush's appointments to the federal courts. The review provides a close examination of key judicial appointments that have dramatically changed the landscape of the federal bench. At the end of President Bush's second term in office, ultraconservatives dominate every level of the judiciary.
Ten of the 13 circuit courts are now dominated by conservative appointees, and the addition of two ultraconservative justices to the Supreme Court has already weakened pay discrimination laws, civil rights precedent, and environmental protections. The report notes that President Bush's addition of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court formed a conservative juggernaut. The two agreed with each other in 81% of cases and disagreed with each other in only 12% of cases decided in the 2007 term. These percentages are the highest and lowest, respectively, of any two Supreme Court justices. With regard to the circuit courts, the report found that President Bush's nominees have dramatically moved the courts to the right, as evidenced in rulings that range from upholding the strip search of a 16-year-old girl by the government to permitting employers to mislead their employees about retirement benefits eligibility.

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