Read

Search form

More Than 1,100 Law School Professors Nationwide Oppose Sessions’s Nomination as Attorney General

More Than 1,100 Law School Professors Nationwide Oppose Sessions’s Nomination as Attorney General
Wed, 1/4/2017 - by Sari Horwitz
This article originally appeared on The Washington Post

A group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general.

The letter, signed by professors from 170 law schools in 48 states, is also scheduled to run as a full-page newspaper ad aimed at members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding confirmation hearings for Sessions on Jan. 10-11.

“We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws and promote justice and equality in the United States,” states the letter, signed by prominent legal scholars including Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School and Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

The professors — from every state except North Dakota and Alaska, which has no law school — highlight the rejection of Sessions’s nomination to a federal judgeship more than 30 years ago. Robin Walker Sterling of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, one of the organizers of the letter, said that 1,000 professors signed on within 72 hours. “Clearly, there are many, many law professors who are very uneasy with the prospect of Attorney General Sessions, and they are willing to take a public stand in opposition to his nomination,” she said.

The law professors wrote that some of them have concerns about Sessions’s prosecution of three civil rights activists for voter fraud in Alabama in 1985, his support for building a wall along the nation’s southern border and his “repeated opposition to legislative efforts to promote the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community.”

“Nothing in Senator Sessions’ public life since 1986,” the letter states, “has convinced us that he is a different man than the 39-year-old attorney who was deemed too racially insensitive to be a federal district court judge.”

Sessions’s former chief counsel William Smith, who is African American, has said that people who call Sessions racially insensitive are “just lying. And they should stop the smear campaign.”

“The people making these allegations against Senator Sessions don’t know him,” Smith said in an interview. “In the last 30 years, they probably haven’t spent 10 hours with him. I spent 10 years working with him . . . as his top legal adviser. There are not statements that he made that are inappropriate.”

Allegations of racial insensitivity were made against Sessions at a 1986 Senate hearing when he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to be a federal judge. His nomination was defeated, after being opposed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, People for the American Way and the NAACP, which is now protesting his nomination for attorney general, calling it “despicable and unacceptable.”

Supporters of Sessions note that his nomination has been endorsed by Gerald A. Reynolds, a former chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In a letter to the Judiciary Committee’s highest-ranking Republican and Democrat, Reynolds, who is African American, said, “Session is a man of great character and integrity with a commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law.”

More than 100 former U.S. attorneys who served under Democratic and Republican presidents have written to the Senate in support of his confirmation.

Sarah Flores, a spokeswoman for Sessions, said Friday in response to the NAACP statement that Sessions “has dedicated his career to upholding the rule of law, ensuring public safety and prosecuting government corruption.”

“Many African-American leaders who’ve known him for decades attest to this and have welcomed his nomination to be the next Attorney General,” Flores said in a statement. “These false portrayals of Senator Sessions will fail as tired, recycled, hyperbolic charges that have been thoroughly rebuked and discredited. From the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association to civil rights leaders and African-American elected officials, to victims’ rights organizations, Senator Sessions has inspired confidence from people across the country that he will return the Department of Justice to an agency the American people can be proud of once again.”

Originally published by The Washington Post

 

 

Comments

The democrats must start to grow a pair in order to fight the vile evil from the right! They use God as a weapon which is a joke and they use money which is the truth!
Cmon dems! You have to fight fire with fire when it comes to right wing extremists!
We dems have rights as much as the republicans do!

Trump cabinet picks are NOT only dangerous but may destroy the Unites States of America as we know it! First, we must fight right wing hate radio! The likes of Mike Savage, Glenn Beck and all of the other liars are hurting our great cause! The Trump supporters say liberalism is a mental disorder? NO! right wing hatred is not only a mental disorder but the people who voted for Trump allowed their hatred to override their thinking skills and I TRULY BELIEVE THAT!

Add new comment

Sign Up

Article Tabs

wealth inequality, income inequality, Fat Cat Wednesday, corporate pay, executive pay, National Living Wage, U.K. anti-austerity protests

Findings from the High Pay Centre show jaw-dropping levels of inequality in Britain, where executives earning £1,000 per hour exceeded the average U.K. annual salary of £28,000 by lunchtime on Jan. 3 – dubbed Fat Cat Wednesday.

Tony Atkinson, wealth inequality, income inequality, Obamacare, affordable healthcare, gutting healthcare, Republican agenda, Donald Trump, tax cuts for the rich

With a new Congress and White House committed to wealth’s concentration, we’ll sorely miss the scholar who dedicated his life to documenting wealth’s maldistribution.

Nicaragua renewable energy, clean energy revolution, solar power, wind power, renewables revolution

In 2012, Nicaragua invested the fifth highest percentage worldwide of its GDP in developing renewable energy, and now it is reaping the benefits.

Greek healthcare crisis, Greek austerity crisis, Greek austerity policies, Syriza party

Due to imposed austerity cuts, 850 medical clinics have closed, 10,000 beds have been shut down and 30,000 healthcare professionals were removed from frontline positions – while those who remained saw wages cut by 50 percent.

Zapatistas, EZLN, Mexico indigenous populations, Chiapas struggle, direct democracy, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

“This council proposes to govern this country,” the Zapatista Army of National Liberation said.

Last week's decision deals a serious blow to the Millennium Bulk Terminals project – which has already experienced the bankruptcy filing of its parent firm Arch Coal, in the latest of several blows to the fossil fuel industry in the Northwest.

Posted 6 days 18 hours ago
anti-Trump protests, Inauguration Day protests, anti-Trump movement, Socialist Alternative, Students for a Democratic Society, student walkouts, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, authoritarian rule

The protests against Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day could stand out as one of the largest counter-inaugural protests in U.S. history – and organizers insist this is only the beginning of a broader resistance movement.

Posted 5 days 1 hour ago
creative activism, Act Out, 1984, George Orwell, Ministry of Truth, NDAA, Global Engagement Center, Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, red scare, blame russia, James Clapper, NSA, national intelligence, CIA, Russia hacks, mainstream media, corp

This week on Act Out!, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength—and it's still Russia's fault.

Posted 5 days 1 hour ago

“It’s important that everybody go there. This will have an effect.” -Michael Moore

Posted 5 days 14 hours ago
Spectra Energy, Spectra pipeline, Indian Point nuclear power plant, Andrew Cuomo, Martin Stolar, National Lawyers Guild, pipeline spills, pipeline disasters, AIM pipeline, Resist Spectra, Sane Energy Project, Algonquin Pipeline Expansion

The defendants' argument hinges on the interpretation of “imminent danger” – in this case, proving that the pipeline construction blockade was necessary to prevent a disaster far more harmful to the public's interest than lost corporate profit.

Posted 5 days 14 hours ago

Last week's decision deals a serious blow to the Millennium Bulk Terminals project – which has already experienced the bankruptcy filing of its parent firm Arch Coal, in the latest of several blows to the fossil fuel industry in the Northwest.

Ungovernable, anti-Trump movement, anti-Trump resistance

We pledge to create a resistance movement that makes Trump unable to govern our oppression; unable to deceive the people, to make the people accept his reign of hatred.

“It’s important that everybody go there. This will have an effect.” -Michael Moore

labor unions, rising inequality, rising poverty, rising cost of living, deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, stagnant wages, falling middle class

Multiple developments contributed in recent decades to the decline of prosperity – much of it due to deliberate but gradual social and financial engineering.

creative activism, Act Out, 1984, George Orwell, Ministry of Truth, NDAA, Global Engagement Center, Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, red scare, blame russia, James Clapper, NSA, national intelligence, CIA, Russia hacks, mainstream media, corp

This week on Act Out!, war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength—and it's still Russia's fault.