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Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from 14 national organizations in strong opposition to the nomination of Justice David Stras to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (08/31/17)
"Our deep concerns begin with the White House’s lack of meaningful consultation with the home-state Senators regarding this nomination. Indeed, especially because both Senators Klobuchar and Franken serve on the Judiciary Committee, this disrespect should trouble each of you as well, as the traditional practice has been to grant Judiciary Committee Members even greater input and participation in the process—especially with respect to circuit court vacancies. ... During the Obama administration, some Senators opposed—and outright blocked—judicial nominations solely over their objections regarding the process, despite a record that suggests months or even years of consultation.... Judges should be fair-minded and respect the values of equality and justice for all. They should understand how the law impacts real people and works to protect all Americans— not just the wealthy and the powerful. Justice Stras’ record lacks this understanding, and his decisions can be narrow-minded.... Finally, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is the least diverse circuit court in the nation, with only one female and one minority judge."