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NAACP Asks Congress to Help Oppose Judge

February 17, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People asked Congress to support its opposition to President Bush's nomination of a Mississippi judge.

"We challenge every member of the Congress . . . to stand with our association," NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume told members in New York.

The group has said it opposes Senate confirmation of Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi, nominated to serve on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

"Judge Pickering . . . in most of his rulings, continues to raise suspicions about whether or not he will be able to interpret . . . and administer fairness as he interprets the federal law," Mfume said.

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