Senate Committee Approves Nomination of Oklahoma Attorney Jerome A. Holmes to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Coburn Urges Full Senate to Approve Nomination; Reject Affirmative Action Litmus Test
July 13, 2006
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee's approval of Oklahoma Attorney Jerome Holmes' nomination to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Jerome Holmes is a person with impeccable character and outstanding academic and legal credentials. He will be a valuable addition to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and I urge my colleagues to act quickly to approve his nomination before the full Senate," Dr. Coburn said.
"I hope my colleagues acknowledge Holmes' obvious qualifications," Dr. Coburn continued. "I'm particularly disappointed that some Senators have questioned Holmes' fitness for service because he has criticized affirmative action. Although some of Holmes' writings may violate liberal orthodoxy, he is clearly committed to interpreting the law accurately and fairly without regard to his personal views. Senators should remember that President Bush has nominated Holmes to be an impartial judge, not a legislator or commentator. Senators should reject an affirmative action - or any other - litmus test for judges."