The state judges include three from California and Justice Anita Earls of North Carolina. With regard to Earls, her election was smoothed by having two Republican candidates in the race. One of these “Republicans” was a Democrat who switched his party registration at the last moment to ease the way for Earls. She had been the Executive Director and founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu had been nominated for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by President Obama but the nomination was withdrawn due to a successful filibuster. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) then appointed him to the California Supreme Court. Both Justices Cuellar and Kruger were appointed the California Supreme Court by Gov. Brown. They also both worked in the Obama Administration. Justice Cuellar’s wife is Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
Demand Justice makes clear that none on their list were from “big law” or had served as in-house counsel for corporations.
We also hope to make clear that the next Democratic president ought to approach the task of nominating judges with a new playbook––one that prioritizes unabashedly progressive lawyers and legal thinkers, who have all too often been pushed aside. None of the lawyers on our list are corporate lawyers, in keeping with our call for the next president to avoid nominating any more lawyers who have been partners at corporate law firms or in-house counsel at large corporations.
This exclusionary position would have eliminated both Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan from consideration.
Philadelphia DA Larry Krassner was elected as a result of George Soros’ $1.45 million investment in his race. It was part of Soros’ attempt to remake the criminal justice system through the election of district attorneys. The impact for the residents of Philadelphia is that violent crime is up. This is especially true of instances involving the criminal misuse of a firearm.
Carrie Severino writing in the National Review had this to say about the list and Demand Justice.
They see the courts as their ticket to implementing their radical policy agenda, which includes gutting the First and Second Amendments, establishing a right to illegal immigration and abortion on demand straight through birth, and destroying our economy by imposing burdensome regulations on everyone from Main Street to Wall Street.
And the newly published list neatly lines up with their radical policy agenda. For every specific policy goal that the extreme left wants to implement, Demand Justice has provided a name — or two or three — of an ultra-liberal lawyer who has made that cause a focus of his or her activism.
Demand Justice was founded two Obama Administration veterans. Brian Fallon is the Executive Director. Previously, he was Director of Public Affairs for the Obama DOJ, an aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and, last but not least, the press secretary to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Christopher Kang is Chief Counsel. He served in the White House as Deputy Counsel and Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs. Kang previously worked for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
So in conclusion, #ReleaseTheList. The Democrat presidential candidates need to tell the American people just who they would nominate to the Supreme Court. While Trump’s list probably helped get him elected, I have a sneaking suspicion the same could not be said for either Demand Justice’s list nor that of most of the Democrats.