Judge Duncan: Stanford Incident a "Parody" of Free Speech Tradition
Earlier this month, Fifth Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan was shouted down by members of the Stanford Law community while delivering remarks to the school's Federalist Society Chapter. The incident sparked disgust by members of legal community on both the right and left who value respect for the bench and our First Amendment rights.
In one of the most disgraceful displays in recent memory, a 5th Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan was shouted down when he tried to speak to law students at Stanford. DEI Dean Angela Steinbach then appeared and lambasted Judge Duncan. https://t.co/htAFlELvaF— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 10, 2023
Students Shout Down Federal Judge at Stanford Law School
In a shocking display of disrespect, students at Stanford Law School shouted down Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a Trump-appointee to the Fifth Circuit, while he attempted to speak at a Federalist Society event on the school's campus last week.
Fox News shared the Washington Free Beacon's reporting about Stanford Law School students shouting down Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan when he was trying to speak on campus: pic.twitter.com/qYTtHPZXc7— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 13, 2023
Beyond being unbecoming of future lawyers, the actions of the disruptors was in clear violation of the school's free speech policy which states:Read more
Biden's Controversial Judicial Nominees
The Left spent four years complaining about the rate that the Trump Administration was filling federal judicial vacancies and attempting to paint nominees as outside of the mainstream. However, a project tracking judicial nominations from The Heritage Foundation illustrates that President Biden has made significantly more appointments than President Trump did at this point in his administration, and the nominees themselves are more controversial.
Check out the updated Judicial Appointment Tracker, with current and comparative data for 7 features of the appointment process. Pres Biden has appointed 74% more judges than Pres Trump at this point, but they are more than twice as controversial. https://t.co/yLA8GOxJpV— Thomas Jipping (@TomJipping) August 22, 2022
Update: Biden's Radical Judicial Nominees
On Friday, the Biden Administration announced its 24th round of judicial nominees, bringing President Biden's total number of judicial nominees to 132. Each new slate of nominees illustrates the Administration's goal of placing radicals in the judiciary. This time, it's abortion activist Julie Rikelman, nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit:
Conservative opposition is expected in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats are facing pressure from progressive activists to speed up judicial confirmations before the Nov. 8 midterm elections, when they risk losing control of the chamber to Republicans.Read more
Clean Up of Voter Rolls in GA Blocked by Federal Court
Clean voter rolls are an important safeguard that protects the integrity of the electoral process. However, one federal judge in Georgia has ruled that several thousand voters who were scheduled to be removed from 2 counties' voter rolls should remain on the rolls ahead of Georgia's Senate runoffs. The catch — the ruling was handed down by U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, the sister of one-time gubernatorial candidate and liberal activist Stacey Abrams.Read more
President Trump's Legacy is on the Line in GA: Loeffler and Perdue Key to Senate on January 5th
The victories of Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on January 5th in the Georgia Senate runoffs are crucial for preserving President Donald Trump's legacy in one of the most critical areas — the federal judiciary. If their Democratic opponents win, Republicans will lose their majority in the U.S. Senate:
As the two Senate races loom, party control of the Senate hangs in the balance, with the upper chamber currently made up of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. If Democrats win both runoff elections, raising the total to 50-50, the Democrats will take control of the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote.
Without a Republican majority in the Senate, there would be no safeguard in place to block President Joe Biden from appointing radical jurists to the federal bench.Read more
Judicial Confirmations Continue Full Speed Ahead
Judicial confirmations are continuing full speed ahead thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham. As reported by Carrie Severino for the National Review:
The Senate has recessed for Thanksgiving break, but not before processing a number of judicial nominees. Five new trial judges were confirmed last week, four to various district courts and one to the Court of International Trade.Read more
ICYMI: Court Packing a Bad Idea Then, a Bad Idea Now
A litmus test for 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates has become the issue of court packing. As 2016 Republican Presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio pointed out in a recent op-ed:
Court packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates as this ugly, winner-take-all rhetoric gains prominence in progressive circles.
Our nation may not be on the brink of civil war or dissolution, but we are suffering a crisis of confidence and we cannot withstand further erosion of trust in one another and our institutions. The rhetoric used by some of my Democratic colleagues that suggests our institutions are increasingly unable to resolve modern society’s conflicts is dangerous.Read more