Stop Judge Leslie Southwick

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Judge Leslie H. Southwick

There is something cavalier and brazen about the manner in which Trent Lott and Thad Cochran choose federal judges.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals covers the states of Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana and is the most racially and ethnically diverse in the nation.   That, however, never seems to come into play with the Judges selected from the neoconfederate backwater of Mississippi.  

Cochran and Lott have done a superb job over the last two decades in keeping the federal judicial seats from Mississippi as white as possible. 

Carlton Reeves, the Head of the Black Magnolia Bar Association of Mississippi, has written, “Despite an ever-growing pool of highly qualified candidates from which to choose, all seventeen Mississippi nominees for federal judgeships the past twenty-two years have been white.” 

“The only appointment of an African- American federal judge in the history of Mississippi, the twentieth state to join the union, was when Judge Henry Wingate was appointed by President Reagan to the district court in 1985.” 

“Of the sixteen active and senior judges from Mississippi on the federal district courts and court of appeals, only one is African-American.   Of the nineteen active and senior judges on the Fifth Circuit, only one is African-American–Carl Stewart of Louisiana, who was appointed by President Clinton. Incidentally, Judge Stewart is only the second African-American to have been appointed to the Fifth Circuit since the court was created by the Judiciary Act of 1869.”

The African American Bar has been serially insulted by each judicial appointment from this President, each more extreme and unacceptable than the last.  The previous nominee to this seat, Michael Wallace, was a nothing more than a pinstripe Klansman with a bar card.    

The current nominee, Leslie Southwick, in his former capacity as a Court of Appeals Judge, affirmed the judgement of the state employee appeals board to re-instate a white female state employee who called a black female co-worker a “good ole nigger.”   The racist rationale is that this behavior is somehow not serious enough to warrant immediate termination. 

I have searched my mind to conjure up a scenario in which it is ever acceptable for a white woman in Mississippi to call a black woman a nigger.   Perhaps you can.  In the meantime, because the “good” judge was unable to justify this in his Senate Judicary Committee hearings, I would like for you to contact your Senator, especially if you’re like rikyrah, and are represented by a Senator on the committee. Tell them that after nearly 150 years of white supremacy, perhaps its time to try something new.

If anything I have said isn’t sufficiently persuasive, read the magnolia bar association’s letter and this report.   It is fundamental that every level of the judicial system has jurists of depth and quality.  Moreover, in order to ensure equal justice under law, the judiciary must reflect the racial and philosophical diversity that exists in this country.  Filling the bench with a bunch of Brooks Brothers suited racists like Leslie Southwick simply will not do.

21 thoughts on “Stop Judge Leslie Southwick

  1. rikyrah

    List of the Judiciary Committee Members:

    Patrick J. Leahy
    CHAIRMAN, D-VERMONT

    Edward M. Kennedy
    D-MASSACHUSETTS

    Arlen Specter
    RANKING MEMBER, R-PENNSYLVANIA

    Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
    D-DELAWARE

    Orrin G. Hatch
    R-UTAH

    Herb Kohl
    D-WISCONSIN

    Charles E. Grassley
    R-IOWA

    Dianne Feinstein
    D-CALIFORNIA

    Jon Kyl
    R-ARIZONA

    Russell D. Feingold
    D-WISCONSIN

    Jeff Sessions
    R-ALABAMA

    Charles E. Schumer
    D-NEW YORK

    Lindsey Graham
    R-SOUTH CAROLINA

    Richard J. Durbin
    D-ILLINOIS

    John Cornyn
    R-TEXAS

    Benjamin L. Cardin
    D-MARYLAND

    Sam Brownback
    R-KANSAS

    Sheldon Whitehouse
    D-RHODE ISLAND

    Tom Coburn
    R-OKLAHOMA

    Time to drop some Democratic Senators a nice little letter about Southwick.

  2. dblhelix

    Looks like it’s time for Cardin to earn his keep.

    A couple of news items. Meek has been assimilated and will be on the Tom Joyner show today to announce his support.

    Next — a real outrage:

    The former chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, Leon Drolet, was appointed to chair the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights – a move that has left civil rights groups across the state stunned and furious.

    Drolet, along with Jennifer Gratz and Ward Connerly, led the successful drive to repeal race and sex-based affirmative action in Michigan through Proposal 2006-02.

  3. NMP

    “I have searched my mind to conjure up a scenario in which it is ever acceptable for a white woman in Mississippi to call a black woman a nigger. Perhaps you can. ”

    I literally just spit out my tea because I couldn’t hold back my laughter. U know you wrong having us laugh while reading a serious story like this.🙂

  4. NMP

    dblhelix,

    That’s odd Meek would choose the TMJS to announce his support for Clinton knowing that Tom and his crew are Obama supporters and even more odd that he was invited. I can’t figure ’em out.

  5. NMP

    dblhelix,

    Remind me…what percentage of the Black and Michigan Democratic Party vote did the anti-affirmative prop in MI garner?

  6. rikyrah

    Seems as if the Judiciary Committee will be voting on this within the next couple of days. Get to those websites, folks!

    Get those telephone fingers talking!

  7. rikyrah

    OT: Michelle Obama has a fluff piece in this week’s people. Great color pics of her and the girls.

  8. dblhelix

    Who makes the appointment?

    I’m not sure, but the Republican-dominated commissioners of the USCCR vote and Bush approves.

    NMP: what percentage of the Black and Michigan Democratic Party vote did the anti-affirmative prop in MI garner?

    Overall vote: 58-42

    Exit poll results (% of electorate): (Y/N)

    White male (42%): 70/30
    Whte female (42%): 59/41
    White total (85%): 64/36
    Black total (15%): 14/86
    Democrats (39%) 40/60
    Republican (34%) 78/22
    Independents (28%) 59/41

  9. dblhelix

    Had a link in post but it is in moderation. Here it is, link-less.

    Who makes the appointment?

    I’m not sure, but the Republican-dominated commissioners of the USCCR vote and Bush approves.

    NMP: what percentage of the Black and Michigan Democratic Party vote did the anti-affirmative prop in MI garner?

    Overall vote: 58-42

    Exit poll results (% of electorate): (Y/N)

    White male (42%): 70/30
    Whte female (42%): 59/41
    White total (85%): 64/36
    Black total (15%): 14/86
    Democrats (39%) 40/60
    Republican (34%) 78/22
    Independents (28%) 59/41

  10. dblhelix

    I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating. Connerly/Gratz are at it again to make this the wedge issue for the 2008 general. They call it Super Tuesday for Equal Rights.

    During his March 2, 2007 speech at Heritage, Connerly declined to identify any specific state which is to be targeted in November 2008, but he did list the nine states which he thinks are prime candidates for an anti-preference ballot initiative, and from which the five “Super Tuesday” states will be selected: Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah.

    SInce, I have read that they are def going for ballot initiatives in AZ, CO, OK plus one more TBD.

  11. dblhelix

    NMP: odd Meek would choose the TMJS

    It appears that he plans to be pretty agressive in campaigning for her — not just in FL.

    The temp delay in this endorsement was all about cutting a better deal for himself. File under ‘Power Games.’

  12. dblhelix

    rikyrah: New Quinnipiac Poll

    I just looked at your link. This poll actually looks good for her but a disaster for Edwards.

    is a brand new definition of insanity.

    Not really. The real issue is that at the end of the day, the choice is binary, A vs B.

    Look closely at what happens in this poll. Her unfavorable number is 45%. Obama’s is 21%. Giuliani’s is 27%. Yet, the same folks polled voted:

    Clinton 45 Giuliani 44
    Obama 42 Giuliani 42

    What this is telling us is that factors other than “likeability” are driving the decision-making at present.

  13. yogo

    There’s a lot of liars in these polls. I think we’re going to be amazed at the number of white women who actually vote for Hillary.

  14. Ogre Mage

    Ward Connerly — ugh — talk about a name that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. He was a big part of Initiative 200, which banned affirmative action in Washington state. Though I must admit our Attorney Generals since have been — er — not overly diligent in enforcing the policy.

    Perhaps Kendrick Meek is being groomed for statewide office. Admittedly, Florida is a tougher state for a black Democrat to win statewide than Illinois (Moseley-Braun, Obama) or Massachusetts (Patrick). But the little I’ve seen of Meek on TV, I think he has the potential to cross over. One might speculate that if Hillary wins the Presidency, he has secured her backing if he takes a run at Gov. Charlie Crist or Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010. Crist, sporting a 70% approval rating, would be a tough assignment. But Martinez has very bad approvals — in the high 30s. Of course, much will change between now and 2010.

  15. Liti-Gator

    Southwick was rated well qualified even by the ABA, which leftists say is the “Gold Standard”. Therefore, it is ridiculous that his nomination should garner this kind of opposition. Even Leftist sen diane feinstein had to be fair and agree to his nom be sent to the senate floor with a favorable report from the committee. There are several articles about the case re the racial insult that explains why his ruling, along with a majority of the judges, fell in line with the law. They only could review whether the alj’s decision fell outside their discretion for a one-time isolated incident for which the offender profusely apologized. People need to read about the details and the law, and not just the result to judge his performance as a judge. I saw the systematic lies about Bork’s record and positions to keep him off the SCOTUS, and vowed that this would not occur again without my protest!! If you have a complaint about his approach to the law, as opposed to your emotional response, then we would have something to consider against Southwick.

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