Appointee's Supporters Praise Filibuster Agreement

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Associate Justice Vance Raye of the Court of Appeal was among the judges and lawyers who defended Janice Rogers Brown at an event outside the Library and Courts building in Sacramento. 

 “She is not the extremist judge some have made her out to be, she considers cases on the merits.” 

 Brown is one of three of President Bush’s appointees cleared for confirmation as part of an agreement written by fourteen Senators to avoid a re-write of the filibuster rule used to block judicial nominations. Democrats have called it a victory, but U-C Davis Political Science Professor Brian Sala says it warns Senate leaders of the centrists’ power. 

 “Both Bill Frist and Harry Reid have been reminded that if they’re going to pursue strategies that are about being Democrats or about being Republicans, that they have to make sure they have everyone on board.” 

Brown has been blocked by Democrats for what they call her conservative activism. She was nominated by the President to serve on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.