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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Democrats determined to block first Arab-American nominee to federal circuit bench

I though ethnicity meant something to Democrats. I mean, don't they claim to be the most diverse political party? The party of inclusion? The protectors of P.C.? Then why are Democrats behind an effort to deny confirmation of 6th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Henry W. Saad? Judge Saad would be the first Arab-American judge to serve on any of the federal circuit courts, but Democrats are doing all they can to block his confirmation, while allowing others from Michigan to proceed. Today, Sen. Reid and the Democrats offered to allow a vote on all Michigan nominees to the Sixth Circuit except Judge Saad. The reason? Political Correctness only matters when you like the person you're protecting. Ain't hypocrisy grand?

Just who is Judge Henry Saad, that Democrats would block what otherwise would be hailed as a worthy milestone in the pursuit of ethnic parity? Allow me to excerpt from the statement Sen. Orrin Hatch made before the U.S. Senate last July 21, just before Judge Saad joined others as the latest victims of the Democrat filibuster machine:
It is long past time for the Senate to consider Judge Saad’s nomination. He was first nominated to fill a federal judgeship in 1992, when the first President Bush nominated him for a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The fact that he did not get a hearing may have worked to his benefit, since he was appointed in 1994 by Governor Engler to a seat on the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was elected to retain his seat in 1996 and again in 2002, receiving broad bipartisan support in each election.

On November 8, 2001, President Bush nominated Judge Saad for a seat on the Sixth Circuit, the position for which we are considering him today. When no action was taken on his nomination during the 107th Congress, President Bush renominated him to the Sixth Circuit on January 7, 2003. [Editor's Note: Judge Saad was re-re-re-nominated by President Bush in February 2005] All told, Judge Saad has been nominated for a seat on the federal bench [four] separate times. It is high time the Senate completed action on his nomination.

Judge Saad’s credentials for this position are impeccable. He graduated with distinction from Wayne State University in 1971 and magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 1974. He then spent 20 years in the private practice of law with one of Michigan’s leading firms, Dickinson, Wright, specializing in product liability, commercial litigation, employment law, labor law, school law and libel law. In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and at Wayne State University Law School.

Judge Saad is active in legal and community affairs. Some of the organizations he has been involved with include educational television, where he serves as a trustee, the American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and other nonprofit organizations that serve the elderly and impaired. As a leader in the Arab-American community, Judge Saad has worked with a variety of organizations in promoting understanding and good relations throughout all ethnic, racial, and religious communities. He is an outstanding role model.

Judge Saad enjoys broad bipartisan support throughout his state, as evidenced by endorsements in his last election by the Michigan State AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers of Michigan. He has received dozens of letters of support from leading political figures, fellow judges, law professors, private attorneys, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and a variety of other groups. [Emphasis added.]
Then why are Democrats blocking Judge Saad's nomination? You mean other than the fact that he is "a member of the Board of Visitors at Ave Maria School of Law, which focuses on incorporating Catholic values into the study of law? The answer to this question has to do with the power bestowed on individual senators due to the Senate's "blue slip" rule, wherein a home state senator can try to kill a judicial nomination. Initially, before the compromise proposal floated today by Democrats in the Senate, all of Michigan's nominess to the Sixth Circuit -- including Saad -- were obstructed by Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow in retaliation for a Levin family member not being confirmed to that court during the Clinton years. Now Sen. Stabenow appears to have a personal vendetta against Judge Saad after an unfortunate e-mail exchange last year revealed the nominee's understandable frustration with Sen. Stabenow for her complicity in the obstruction of Pres. Bush's Michigan nominees.

I don't know why I mention this here, but for some reason I think it's relevant that Sen. Frist's DC office number is 202-224-3344, and his office in Nashville can be reached at 615-352-9411. I only wish there was a way we could let the Senator know how much we support Judge Saad, and how we are praying for every senator...that he or she might have the fortitude to avoid compromise at the expense of this four-time nominee (who enjoys the support of a bipartisan majority in the Senate, mind you) to the federal bench. I wish we could express to Sen. Frist how much we desire to see the Democrats spared yet another embarrassing bout of utter hypocrisy. If you have any ideas, please let us know!