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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 9 years ago

Does anyone remember Federal appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada, whose nomination was...?

...blocked by Democrats?

Mr. Estrada was nominated by George W. Bush. Unable to block Estrada's nomination in the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Republican Party took control of the Senate in 2003, Senate Democrats used a filibuster to prevent his nomination from being given a final confirmation vote on the full Senate floor.

Then-Senator Obama voted against Mr. Estrada, as did Senator Kennedy and other prominent Democrats. Why did the Democrats block the nomination?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Democrats said Estrada's withdrawal and the infighting that preceded the move was the White House's fault, since the Bush administration didn't give senators information they requested about the nominee's tenure at the Justice Department.

    "Mr. Estrada is an unfortunate victim of a White House process of not cooperating with the Senate and stonewalling the appointment of judges," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a press briefing with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on Thursday.

    "No American expects to be hired for a job after refusing to answer questions in an interview," Schumer added, vowing that "as long as the administration continues to do this," Senate Democrats will continue to block nominees they consider "not in the mainstream."

    "The Senate will remain firm in not rolling over and not confirming them," he promised.

    Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., noted that the Senate has confirmed 145 of Bush's judicial nominees.

    "Clearly, when the president recommends qualified judicial candidates and they provide the necessary information, the Senate confirms them," Daschle said in a statement.

    He added that it is "unfortunate" that the administration refused "allow him to complete his job application and provide the Senate with the basic information it needed to evaluate and vote on his nomination."

  • 9 years ago

    Miguel Angel Estrada Castañeda (born September 25, 1961) is an American lawyer who became embroiled in controversy following his 2001 nomination by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Unable to block Estrada's nomination in the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Republican Party took control of the Senate in 2003, Senate Democrats used a filibuster to prevent his nomination from being given a final confirmation vote on the full Senate floor. Although a filibuster had been used in 1968 to prevent the elevation of Associate Justice Abe Fortas to the position of Chief Justice of the United States, Estrada's filibuster was the first ever to be successfully used against a court of appeals nominee.

    George W. Bush nominated Estrada to a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on May 9, 2001; the court is very influential, and is widely seen as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. He received a unanimous "well-qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Democratic Senators opposed the nomination, noting Estrada's lack of any prior judicial experience at the local, state, or federal level. Democratic Senators also objected to the refusal by the Office of the Solicitor General to release samples of Estrada's writings while employed there. Republicans, however, stated that the Democratic concerns were actually just an attempt to deny Estrada a Circuit Court seat because of his conservatism.

  • Duke
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    They wanted to make sure a Democrat was the first to nominate a Hispanic Justice, and especially the 'right' kind of Hispanic - like little Miss LaRaza.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Estrada was a far-right Conservative out of the mainstream of judicial thinking.

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