STATEMENT BY SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY ON RE-NOMINATION OF TERRENCE BOYLE, WILLIAM MYERS, WILLIAM HAYNES, AND MICHAEL WALLACE
Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement:
"These nominees may sit at the far right of the Republican Party, but they have no place on the federal bench. By renominating them, the Bush Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress are showing that they are more interested in kowtowing to the far right in an election year than in confirming mainstream judges to federal courts.
Terrence Boyle has been overruled more than 150 times and violated basic ethical standards by deciding cases in which he had a financial interest.
William Myers is a lobbyist for big mining companies who tried to roll back environmental protections.
William Haynes was instrumental to the Administration's shameful torture policy,
Michael Wallace has a long record of hostility to basic civil rights and was rated unanimously "unqualified" by the American Bar Association.
Our federal courts of appeal are the last stop before a case goes to the Supreme Court. These nominees don't deserve life-time appointments to the courts of appeals, which decide cases every day that directly affect all Americans - cases involving children's safety, workers' rights, the environment, civil rights, and equal justice under the law.
The White House should stop playing politics with the courts and choose mainstream judges who will follow the law, not a political agenda."