From: Judicial Watch ~ Immediate Action Required!

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to cram another controversial judicial nominee through the U.S. Senate. He made a surprise announcement yesterday that he seek cloture to end debate on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The vote will almost certainly occur tomorrow (Thursday, May 19). Liu supporters need 60 votes to end debate, which would pave the way for Liu’s ultimate confirmation to the federal appellate bench.

Judicial Watch has grave concerns about the pending nomination of Goodwin Liu to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

An Associate Dean at Berkeley School of Law, Liu is an intellectual leader for the judicial activist philosophy that substitutes left-wing politics for the U.S. Constitution. Liu is notorious for viciously opposing the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Many believe his appointment to the Ninth Circuit is a stepping-stone to a Supreme Court appointment.

In a book he co-authored, Keeping Faith with the Constitution, Mr. Liu suggests that the Constitution should be interpreted using the “evolving norms and traditions of our society.” This activist theory for interpreting the Constitution would substitute the whims of individual judges over the text and original meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

Mr. Liu joined an amicus brief that suggests that the Constitution’s equal protection clause requires allowing same-sex couples to marry. Mr. Liu has a radical and expansive view of judicially-enforceable rights to “welfare,” and seems to oppose the notion that the U.S. Constitution is colorblind.

Also of concern is Mr. Liu’s lack of practical legal experience. Mr. Liu has practiced law for just a little over ten years. Judicial nominees ought to have significant practical experience as a lawyer or a judge, especially nominees for appellate seats.


Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Thank you.


Tom Fitton – President

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