U.S. Senate should confirm Judge Pickering
Feb. 3, 2002
Judge Charles Pickering is an honorable member of the federal judiciary and, as a distinguished man of integrity and reasoned judgment, is ideally suited for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Judge Pickering was nominated to the appeals court by President Bush but his nomination remains lodged in the U.S. Senate while opposition groups attempt to gather enough steam to derail it.
On Thursday, Judge Pickering will have a second hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the first hearing on his nomination in October. Suffice it to say the Senate has had access to the details of Judge Pickering's life and legal decisions since it confirmed him as a federal judge. His credentials were impeccable then and remain so today.
The Senate should immediately confirm the nomination of this qualified, experienced judge to a seat on the Court of Appeals.