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Press Release: AFJ Condemns Senate Failure to Confirm Caitlin Halligan

Washington, D.C., December 6, 2011—Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement on the failure to end the Republican filibuster of the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:
Today’s vote by Republicans to filibuster the nomination of Caitlin Halligan has shattered any pretense that the judicial confirmation process is being conducted in a rational or honest manner. Ms. Halligan’s record of achievement in public service and private practice is impeccable and there is no conceivable justification for denying her a final vote. The notion advanced by her opponents that she is somehow out of the mainstream of legal thought or holds extreme views is ludicrous and reflects a breathtaking level of dishonesty and hypocrisy. Today’s vote, combined with a three-year record of unrelenting obstruction, demonstrates that Senate Republicans have abandoned fairness and responsibility and are forcing the woefully understaffed federal judiciary to pay the price for their increasingly shrill and destructive partisan games. It is clear beyond any doubt that the 2005 agreement forbidding filibusters except under “extraordinary circumstances” is now dead and that Republicans have broken their promise to the American people to deal with judicial nominations in a fair and principled way. Today’s vote is a tragedy for the country, for the judiciary, for Senate tradition, and for Caitlin Halligan, who has been unjustly denied an opportunity to serve our nation.

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