World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Conyers Requests Nominee Harriet Miers Information

Press Release

Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan, 14th District

Ranking Member, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
Dean, Congressional Black Caucus

www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

For Immediate Release:

Conyers Requests More on Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers:

"The Senate's duty to advise and consent must not
be a leap of faith"


Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Bush's decision to name White House Counsel Harriet Miers to be associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Today we have learned that President Bush has named a lawyer who has never been a judge to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and help reshape our nation's judiciary. Despite the media saturation and clever promotional campaign, what do we really know about Harriet Miers? While the Senate confirmed Judge Roberts to fill Chief Justice William Rehnquist's open seat on the Supreme Court with virtually no background information on the former Judge, the Senate's obligation is even greater now to exercise its independent judgment and inquire about the judicial record of the latest nominee.

"Prior to today's announcement, Miers has not been a public figure. Her paper trail largely consists of documents she wrote as White House Counsel to the current Bush administration and as a private attorney working for President Bush during his term as the Governor of Texas. However, given her lengthy career with President Bush, the only way to be certain that she will be a fair and partial justice, and not a "stealth candidate", is to have full and complete access to documents that will enlighten us on her beliefs on important political issues, and her qualifications for the position.

"The Supreme Court can overrule a mistaken decision by a Court of Appeals, but Supreme Court decisions are final. Their judgements immediately become the law of the land and remain binding precedent unless changed later by the Court, itself. Given her lack of experience as a judge at any level, the Senate will need to take ample time to inquire about Miers legal background, her ability to take on the task of associate justice of the Supreme Court, and her views on the many important issues that shape our country. The Senate's duty to advise and consent must not be a leap of faith."

##JUD-109-10/3/05##

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



Save The Children: Ukraine: 21 Children Killed Or Injured In Horrific Week Of Violence

At least 21 children have been killed or injured in just a week in an uptick of violence across Ukraine, Save the Children said today... More>>


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>



UN: General Assembly Must Affirm Right To Healthy Environment

With the world embroiled in a multi-faceted environmental crisis, UN experts* today urged the United Nations General Assembly to recognise that living... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>