The good people at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights have produced a list of the “Top Ten Most Extreme Judicial Nominees Pending in the Senate” and, not surprisingly, North Carolina’s Thomas Farr is featured.
As readers will recall, Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, decried Farr’s nomination last year as “repugnant” and “the culmination of a white supremacist political machine.” More recently, advocates at Democracy North Carolina put it this way:
“…Farr is famous for defending GOP mailers aimed at intimidating Black voters during Jesse Helms’ 1992 campaign. He is now the chief attorney for the NC Republican’s effort to disenfranchise voters of color, students, and the poor. Farr’s nomination is especially insulting because it’s for the long-vacant seat on the Eastern NC District Court that was denied to two highly-qualified African-American female nominees who Sen. Burr blocked from receiving a hearing.”
Here’s the full Leadership Conference list:
Kyle Duncan, nominated to the 5th Circuit (Louisiana seat)
Conservative movement lawyer who defended North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law (with Thomas Farr), fought against marriage equality and transgender rights, opposed DAPA and DACA, represented Hobby Lobby in its fight to deny working women access to contraceptive coverage, and worked to limit the rights of people charged with crimes.Michael Brennan, nominated to the 7th Circuit (Wisconsin seat)
Served as chair of Governor Scott Walker’s judicial selection commission for state judges and recommended individuals who had made extreme and hateful anti-LGBTQ comments. Possesses a far-right judicial philosophy and does not respect stare decisis. Nominated over the objection of home-state Senator Baldwin.Thomas Farr, nominated to the Eastern District of North Carolina
Defended North Carolina’s 2013 monster voter suppression law (with Kyle Duncan), represented Jesse Helms’ 1990 Senate campaign – which was notorious for suppressing the vote in Black communities – and represented corporations seeking to undermine workers’ rights and protections.Howard Nielson, nominated to the District of Utah
Attempted to justify the use of torture and participated in politicized hiring at the George W. Bush Justice Department. Fought against marriage equality and sought to have a gay judge removed from the case. Challenged the legality of the Affordable Care Act and affirmative action. Hostile to reproductive rights and one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys.Mark Norris, nominated to the Western District of TennesseeRepublican state senator with demonstrated hostility to voting rights, workers’ rights and protections, removing Confederate monuments, LGBTQ equality, refugees, immigration, gun safety, and reproductive rights.Matthew Kacsmaryk, nominated to the Northern District of TexasIdeologically extreme culture warrior who has made bigoted and offensive comments about transgender individuals, marriage equality, and women’s reproductive rights. Lacks respect for precedent and the rule of law.Wendy Vitter, nominated to the Eastern District of LouisianaFailed to disclose her record supporting and advancing extreme and widely-discredited, unscientific views about abortion and birth control, and opposed humanitarian resettlement of Syrian refugees.Andrew Oldham, nominated to the 5th Circuit (Texas seat)Texas state government lawyer who has fought against DAPA, reproductive rights, clean air regulations, gun safety, and housing discrimination.Gordon Giampietro, nominated to the Eastern District of WisconsinFailed to disclose his record of bigoted and offensive remarks about LGBTQ equality, diversity, and reproductive rights. Hostile to public education. Opposed by home-state Senator Baldwin.Ryan Bounds, nominated to the 9th Circuit (Oregon seat)Failed to disclose his record of bigoted and offensive comments about diversity and multiculturalism, the LGBTQ community, unionization,and sexual assault. Opposed by both of his home-state senators.