BORDC Questions Kagan

By: Harry Waisbren

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has an open letter to Tell the Senate to restrain executive power which we couldn’t advocate signing enough.

This broad issue is the foundation affecting so many more of the central issues of our time, and the Senate Judiciary Committee should consider it with the upmost urgency as they debate confirming Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Regardless of who stands before your committee, we encourage you to vigorously examine any nominee to the Supreme Court, with a particular eye towards establishing his or her willingness to check and balance the Executive Branch when necessary to protect constitutional rights.

Areas of constitutional doctrine that have particularly suffered in the past decade include the First Amendment rights to freedom of association and speech, as well as religious free exercise; the Fourth Amendment rights to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures; the Fifth Amendment right to due process; the Sixth Amendment’s assurance of trial by an impartial judge before a jury of one’s peers; and the Fourteenth Amendment’s commitment to equal protection under the law. Any nominee’s views of each of these doctrines should be carefully considered before granting a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.

Sign the letter, and tell your friends to as well! The BORDC is correct that our constitution is in tumult, and we need to make sure that any Supreme Court nominee will be on the right side of history on this central issue to the very fabric of our democracy before they are granted a lifetime appointment…

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2 Responses to BORDC Questions Kagan

  1. Sallijane says:

    When I signed the letter (thanks for posting the link!), I noticed that BORDC is looking for guest bloggers. I don’t think that any one of us has the time to write weekly (I know I don’t), but could we offer ourselves as a group, either under a pseudonym (would they accept that?) or under one of our names? (I could put something together every month or six weeks, if we had enough people willing to contribute for the other times.) Is there anyone in this group who would know who to check with to see if this would be acceptable?

  2. harrywaisbren says:

    We actually discussed members of Get FISA Right writing such posts during the call, Sally, and if you are interested I presume you could write for them when you can!

    Shahid is the best contact for it I presume…

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