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42 Cal. DAs Oppose Liu Nomination

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In a letter mailed today, 42 California District Attorneys ask the U.S. Senate and the Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The primary focus of the DAs' concern is the attitudes toward criminal law generally and the death penalty in particular reflected in Liu's 2005 paper opposing the confirmation of Justice Alito on the death penalty issue.

Professor Liu's paper demonstrates beyond serious question that his views on criminal law, capital punishment, and the role of the federal courts in second-guessing state decisions are fully aligned with the judges who have made the Ninth Circuit the extreme outlier that it presently is. We urge the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to reject this nomination.

Prior posts on this topic are:

Moving USCA9 in the Wrong Direction, February 26, 2010
Making USCA9 Even Worse, March 24, 2010

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We certainly don't need to add to the problems this court has:


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