JUNE 10, 2010
A liberal activist notorious for bending laws to protect child sex offenders and a long history of extreme leniency in criminal sentencing is one step closer to getting confirmed as a federal appellate court judge.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee just voted 11-7 to advance the nomination of Robert Chatigny, President Obama’s most controversial judicial nominee, to the influential U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The president named the
Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Judge Chatigny have been close for years. The judge, his wife and extended family have long been generous donors to Dodd’s political campaigns and when the senator recently remarried, Chatigny performed the ceremony. Ironically, Dodd’s official Senate biography boasts that he’s best known for bringing “much-needed attention to children’s issues,” yet he’s tight with an activist judge who protects monsters that commit sexual crimes against them.
As a federal judge in
In his most famous campaign on behalf of a child rapist and murderer, Chatigny openly advocated for a man (Michael Ross) sentenced to death for killing eight women and girls. In prison Ross described with graphic detail how he strangled and raped two of the teenage girls for a documentary on serial killers. Claiming that he “never should have been convicted,” Chatigny issued two stays of execution and said that Ross was “the least culpable” of the death row convicts. The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence and Ross was executed in 2005.
This would constitute a contradiction of massive proportions, says a national women’s public policy group, because Obama recently created a White House Counsel to promote the well being of women and girls in America. Therefore it’s egregious for the president to elevate a man with a history of excusing sexual crimes against women and girls to the court of appeals. One conservative news publication calls it “Nominating Evil to a Higher Bench.”
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