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- She makes Alberto Gonzales look like an absolute pussy (my words, not saveour courts.org). She is the most extremely conservative member of the Texas Supreme Court, which is in itself one of the most conservative courts in the nation. She consistantly sides with big business over workers rights. Owen wrote or joined opinions that severely limited the ability of workers to recover for on-the-job injuries. These include Texas Workers Compensation Commission v. Garcia, where she upheld a law that restricted the right to jury trial for certain aspects of work-related claims brought by injured workers; Lawrence v. CDB Services, Inc., where she upheld the right of employers to seek from their employees, in exchange for certain medical and death benefits, waivers of their right to sue for workplace injuries; and Sonnier v. Chisholm-Ryder, where she issued a dissent that interpreted statutory law in a way which would have broadly protected manufacturers from liability for injuries caused by equipment they manufactured.
Janice Rogers Brown
- A review of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown's record to date raises serious questions and grave concerns about her persistent and disturbing hostility to affirmative action, civil rights, the rights of people with disabilities, workers' rights, and criminal rights. In addition, Brown has often been the lone justice to dissent on the California Supreme Court, illustrating that her judicial philosophy is outside the mainstream. Not only does she show an inability to dispassionately review cases, her opinions are based on extremist ideology that ignores judicial precedent, including that set by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- in the amicus brief he authored in the case of Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) v. Army Corps of Engineers, 531 U.S. 159 (2001), Myers advocated a very limited view of Congressional power under the Commerce Clause - a view with implications far beyond the environmental policy field. Diminishing congressional authority under the Commerce Clause is a primary goal of the so-called "states' rights" movement that seeks to limit the power of Congress to enact legislation that protects our civil and constitutional rights. Myers' argument in SWANCC could be used to strike down a broad range of federal laws protecting the health, safety, and civil rights of all Americans. In addition to his views on the limited power of the Commerce Clause to support Congressional authority, Myers has also argued for elevated protection for private property "rights" as a method to invalidate environmental and other governmental regulation. In Babbitt v. Sweet Home Chapter of Communities of Oregon, 515 U.S. 687 (1995), Myers filed an amicus brief that argued, among other things, that a regulation promulgated under the Endangered Species Act was unconstitutional because it violated cattle ranchers' property rights.
- President Bush sidestepped the confirmation process and recess appointed William Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit on February 20, 2004. Pryor's record reveals him to be an ultra-conservative legal activist whose record disqualifies him from a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary. As Alabama Attorney General, Pryor has demonstrated a commitment to rolling back the clock on federal protections against discrimination based on race, gender, age, and disability. He has pushed his extremist agenda not only through litigation in which Alabama was a party, but also by electing to file amicus briefs in cases in which Alabama was not involved, and through numerous public speeches that make clear that the ideological positions he has taken in these cases are his own.
[Edited 2005-04-29 01:30:25]
It's been swell, but the swelling has gone down.