July 28, 1989
The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed until next week a vote on whether William Lucas should head the Justice Department's civil rights agency so that a key member, Sen. Howell Heflin (D-Ala.), could study new material. Heflin, considered a pivotal vote, did not say what the new material was, and committee workers involved with the nomination declined to comment. Republican members tried to force a vote so that the nomination could be brought to the full Senate before Congress' Aug.
July 19, 1989
William Lucas, nominated to be assistant attorney general for civil rights, gave inaccurate answers on a sworn application to the New York bar, the Justice Department acknowledged. Department spokeswoman Deborah Burstion-Wade confirmed that the Michigan Republican failed to state on the New York form in 1981 that he had once failed the District of Columbia bar exam. His application to New York was successful.
August 13, 1989
Let's face it, the nomination by President George Bush of William Lucas to be our chief civil rights enforcer was yet another dirty trick, on ground level with candidate George Bush's loaded statement that Michael Dukakis is a "card-carrying" member of the American Civil Liberties Union. The appointment of a black man, as Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) noted, appears to have been cynically designed to entrap the vote of embarrassed ex-segregationists in general and Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.
April 14, 1989 |
William Lucas, Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh's candidate to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, has won a vote of support from the board of the Urban League's Detroit chapter. The Detroit board of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People had voted to oppose him. All but two of about 30 members of the Urban League's 45-member board attending a meeting Wednesday night voted to support Lucas' anticipated nomination, according to N. Charles Anderson, the chapter's president.
April 26, 1989 |
President Bush announced Tuesday that he will nominate William Lucas, a black lawyer who has been criticized by some leading civil rights organizations, to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Lucas, former sheriff and chief executive of Michigan's Wayne County, which includes Detroit, has a background in law enforcement but virtually no experience with federal civil rights laws. His background has led the NAACP, among other groups, to oppose his nomination. White House officials, however, have dismissed the opposition, suggesting that it is motivated primarily by partisanship.
April 1, 1990 |
The Justice Department paid William Lucas, its failed nominee to head the civil-rights division, more than $36,000 to prepare a 32-page report on how the department could improve coordination of its civil-rights efforts with states, local governments and outside groups, according to recently released documents.