March 12, 2003 |
President Bush urged the Senate on Tuesday to change its rules and ban the use of filibusters on judicial nominees and require direct yes-or-no votes on all court nominations submitted by the White House. Bush sent the request in a strongly worded letter as Senate Republicans scheduled a second vote to end a filibuster that Democrats are using to make him muster a 60-vote supermajority in the 100-member Senate to put Miguel Estrada in a key federal appeals court seat.
October 3, 2002
Re "A Judicial Nominee's Dizzying Spin," Commentary, Sept. 29: To complain, as Frank del Olmo does, that the process of the nomination of federal judges has become too politicized is to misunderstand our history and dream of a mythological confirmation process that never existed. Underlying Del Olmo's commentary seems to be the surprising and unsupportable assumption that all Latinos are interchangeable, that whether you have a Samuel Paz or a Miguel Estrada on the federal bench makes no difference, so long as the surname is Latino.
October 5, 2002 |
Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott conceded Friday that President Bush's judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada, a Latino attorney seen by critics as too conservative, appears virtually dead. Bush nominated him to be the first Latino on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 17 months ago. If confirmed, Estrada would be positioned as a potential Bush nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
November 8, 2003
Re "Bush's Court-Nominee 'Diversity' Is a Cynical Ploy," Commentary, Nov. 2: Robert Harris states that Miguel Estrada was "hostile to the positions of most Latino organizations" but fails to note that most Latino political organizations are far to the left of most Latinos. On issues like homosexual marriage and abortion, for example, the organizations in question are much closer to the "politically correct" positions than most Latinos. Harris won't admit it, but Estrada was a victim of his willingness to stand for values held dear by the Latino community, and because he would not sell out, as most Latino organizations have done, they joined in attacking him. Larry A. Carstens Castaic The apple does not fall far from the tree.
March 22, 2013 |
New York lawyer Caitlin Halligan, who was first nominated to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., almost 2 1/2 years ago, has asked President Obama to withdraw her nomination. As The Times noted in an editorial today, Halligan was the victim of a Republican filibuster in which all but one of the GOP senators voting refused to cut off debate on her nomination. Had the nomination proceeded to a floor vote, she almost certainly would have been confirmed. Liberals and Democrats will decry the sandbagging of Halligan, who was accused by Republicans of extremism because she once filed suit against gun manufacturers.
May 6, 2003 |
Senate Republicans lost a fifth attempt Monday to break a Democratic filibuster of judicial nominee Miguel A. Estrada shortly after the Senate approved its fifth U.S. Appeals Court nominee this year. Estrada, nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has been waiting for three months for a confirmation vote. But Republicans fell eight votes short of the 60 votes they needed to confirm him. The vote was 52 to 39.