Franken Preparing To Block Appeals Court Nominee

By on September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Dem., will trigger a fight over an old Senate tradition that gives home state senators a virtual veto of presidential nominees to the bench. He has announced that he will oppose the nomination of David Stras for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In announcing his decision, Franken said Stras would be a “conservative jurist in the mold of Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia,” whose records strongly suggests that he would reliably rule in favor of powerful corporate interests over working people, and that he would place a high bar before plaintiffs seeking justice at work, at school, and at the ballot box. Stras presently is on the Minnesota Supreme Court. According to Senate tradition, the Judiciary Committee doesn’t hold a confirmation hearing for nominees without permission from the candidate’s home-state senators.
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