Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Griffith Gets Confirmed

Thomas Griffith was confirmed today by an extreme majority of 73-24. Griffith was the Senate's council during the Clinton impeachment and the General Council for Brigham Young University.

The only strike against Griffith is his lack of a Utah law license according to Senator Patrick Leahy the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Griffith said he doesn't have a Utah law license because he never thought he needed it for his job as lawyer for Brigham Young University. He also took the blame for losing his D.C. law license by not paying bar association dues. He got the license back by paying what he owed.

"Mr. Griffith has foregone at least 10 opportunities to take the bar in Utah, and has continued to refuse to do so during the pendency of his nomination. In this regard he appears to think he is above the law," Leahy said. "That is not the kind of person who should be entrusted with a lifetime appointment to a federal court and, least of all, to such an important court as the D.C. Circuit, which is entrusted with protecting the rights of all Americans. This is the wrong nomination for this court."

Griffith shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. His name was being circulated during the negotiations to end the deadlock. When the nuclear option was averted, his nomination was guaranteed.


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