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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Going nuclear for Janice Brown

Robert Novak, the Republican columnist with perhaps the best sources in Washington, writes that the nuclear option will be used to confirm Janice Brown sometime next month.

The "nuclear option," as discussed previously here on NN, would defeat a filibuster by asking the chair (Dick Cheney, as president of the Senate) for a ruling on whether the filibuster applies to debates on judicial nominees. If the chair rules that it does not, then the Democrats must get 51 votes to overturn that decision. Instead of the 60 votes required for cloture (to end debate and take a vote), this measure only requires 50 Republicans to uphold the ruling of the chair.

Needless to say, this will not help the President find support for Social Security and tax code reform. I wonder if it isn't a bluff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats must not be afraid to use the filibuster when necessary. We, the American people, can not allow the wrong judges on the bench. It is terribly difficult, if not impossible to get rid of rogue judge. Consider the following judge, who was being groomed for a higher court.

I found some interesting links which will conclusively prove that the present system of judicial discipline is a joke. These links describe a well-known problem that needs to be addressed. There is no "judicial discipline" with respect to the federal judiciary and that is a terrible mistake. "Absolute power corrupts." Every other branch of government is subject to some type of discipline except federal judges.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who recently appointed a six member commission to study judicial discipline, knows full well that complaints of judicial misconduct are routinely dismissed and NEVER acted on, no matter how bad the alleged and proven misconduct is. Moreover, complaints [section 372(c)] are kept in total secret. Additionally, complaints of judicial misconduct lodged through the appellate process are ignored as well. Judges, or law clerks, give themselves permission not to publish cases, consequently acts of misconduct never reach the light of day. There is no effective way to discipline a rogue federal judge and everybody in the legal profession is keenly aware of this fact. If you want to see how bad the current system is, then read the links provided below. These links will demonstrate every thing that is wrong with the current system. Congressman Sensebrenner and his committee should look into this matter.

For really outrageous behavior, read the links below and the documents referenced by the links. Download the documents and save them.

These links generally discuss the misconduct of Judge Donald L. Graham
http://donaldlgraham.blogspot.comhttp://secretlaw.com links discuss the efforts of the US Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit to conceal the misconduct.

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