Friday January 12, 2018
According to Why Courts Matter PA, President Donald Trump's judicial nominees who won Senate confirmation have been 89 percent white and 11 percent Asian, and 79 percent have been men. These are discriminatory statistics by any standards.
Four nominees have been rated unqualified by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee. These are the first such ratings of federal judicial nominees since 2006.
Two of those, embarrassed and under public pressure, withdrew. However, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted to confirm the "unqualified" L. Steven Grasz to the 8th Circuit Court. Our senator also voted to confirm John K. Bush for the 6th Circuit Court. Though not rated as unqualified, Bush is known as an anti-gay blogger who promotes conspiracy theories.
What kind of America is our senator attempting to create? Shouldn't our courts reflect the population? When judges on high courts issue judgments, Americans should have confidence that their rulings reflect what is in the best interest of all people.
Toomey tells constituents that he takes judicial confirmation seriously and supports well-qualified nominees selected by the president, and he says the process should be focused not on politics but on getting excellent judges on the federal bench.
We shall see. David Porter's name is being floated as a potential nominee for the 3rd Circuit Court. He was withdrawn, under public pressure, from consideration in 2014. However, he is a Toomey donor. Will that make him well-qualified in 2018?
A troubling record on judicial nominees