July 19, 2002 10:25am
FSC Says Keep Priscilla Owen off 5TH District Court
Source: Free Speech Coalition
by: Company Press Release
In another attempt to pack federal courts with followers of the Radical Right, President G. W. Bush has nominated Priscilla Owen to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Owen is an enemy of the First Amendment and during her seven years on the Texas Supreme Court, advocated positions far to the right of her conservative colleagues appointed by then-Governor Bush. If confirmed, Owen's extreme views would threaten the rights and liberties of citizens in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Justice Owen's record reveals her to be the type of judge President Bush claims to dislike. She is a judge who attempts to make law from the bench. According to People for the American Way, "Bush's own White House counsel, Alberto Gonzalez, who served on the Texas Supreme Court with Owen, described one dissenting opinion Owen joined as 'an unconscionable act of judicial activism'."
Owen has a key ally in the White House: Karl Rove who is now the top Bush political advisor. Rove was Owen's campaign manager and is determined to confirm Owen and other right-wing ideologues to our federal courts. He believes that this is the only way to hold on to the president's extreme right-wing voter base.
You helped us keep Charles Pickering off the 5th Circuit in March. Priscilla Owen is just another right-wing nominee to this important court. Because this hearing is pending this coming Tuesday, July 23rd, we need you to Call your Senators ASAP and urge them to Reject Owen's confirmation. To phone, go to: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
1.) Click on your state.
2.) The first two names on the list that appears are your senators.
3.) Call the DC phone # and let them that you oppose this nomination, which would only increase our problems in the southern tier states.
Thanks for your help.
William R. Lyon
Free Speech Coalition