Washington (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration hopes to see its judicial nominees confirmed to their posts during the lame duck session of Congress to be held after the November mid-term elections, before the new Congress convenes in January 2011, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
You can read the rest of the CNS story by going to the link below.
Why is this story important?
Here’s a portion of an article by Mario Diaz, on the Concerned Women for America website:
Robert Chatigny, President Obama’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is still expecting a vote in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Chatigny is the infamous judge who abused his position as a judge to advocate for serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross, a.k.a. the “Roadside Strangler.” Chatingy’s actions in that case were so egregious that state prosecutors filed ethics complaint against him.
The Roadside Strangler was convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering six Connecticut young women ages 15-25. He actually admits to killing two more for a total of eight and said that he liked strangling his victims because “there is more of a connection, it’s more real, and it’s not as quick.”
Yet Judge Chatigny advocated so strongly for this serial rapist and murderer that he actually told prosecutors the Roadside Strangler was the “least culpable person on death row” and that he “never should have been convicted.” His reasoning was that “sexual sadism” was “clearly a mitigating factor.” To that point Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) asked him at the hearings, “Can you site any authority in which sexual sadism has been defined as a mitigating factor?” Chatigny, of course, could not.
The Roadside Strangler himself did not want to appeal his conviction and when his attorney tried to follow his client’s wishes, Chatigny went so far as to threaten him with his law license. Again, Sen. Sessions asked him about this at the hearings and Chatigny himself agreed that this was totally inappropriate for him to do.
One of the prosecutors involved in the case wrote a powerful letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee with a detailed account of the events and concluded with the following:
Judge Chatigny’s actions while presiding over the habeas corpus petition and the §1983 action constituted judicial misconduct for four reasons. First, Judge Chatigny completely abandoned the role of neutral and detached magistrate and instead became an advocate for the position held by the parties who were seeking to stop the execution of Michael Ross. Second, Judge Chatigny’s attempt to direct the manner in which Attorney Paulding advised his client constituted blatant interference with Michael Ross’s constitutional right to representation by counsel of his choice. Third, after having been reversed by higher courts, Judge Chatigny chose to defy those rulings and effectively overturn them through the use of threats and intimidation. Finally, Judge Chatigny’s failure to disqualify himself from a case in which he had participated as an attorney, or at least notify the parties of his prior participation, violated the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 455(b). These actions certainly call into questions Judge Chatigny’s fitness to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
I am aware of the delay tactics that concerned Senators used to hold up the confirmation of Judge Chatigny. However, I’m pretty sure that this has worked out well for those who may have voted to confirm him. How many senators would have voted to confirm the unfit judge before the upcoming elections?
One wonders if those who would have supported Mr. Obama’s nominee didn’t allow things to happen this way. It’s fair to assume any vote in favor of Judge Chatigny would have been used against any politician by opponents in elections starting tomorrow (early voting).
How is it possible that Mr. Obama could nominate a judge with this man’s record?
How is it that this judge was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee?
The only answer to these two questions is that our president and the majority of the members on the Senate Judiciary Committee are out of touch with the American people.
If I am wrong on this, if the majority of the American people knew this judge’s history and agreed with Mr. Obama on his nomination, then it will be a short time until the U.S. fails.
I don’t think a huge part of the American public knows stories like one this because the mainstream media has a godless worldview.
Jesus told a story about a woman who wanted something so she continually knocked on the judge’s door. He finally had to answer the door and answer the woman.
I hope there are still enough people left in this country knocking on the Judge’s door.
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