7 June 30 2006 FRANCE Meeting With French Magistrate
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The International Program France June 30, 2006 Guest: MR. ALEXIS FRANCOIS CHARLES BOUROZ Deputy Director for Internships, National School for Magistrates (ENM) Bourdeaux, FRANCE Mr. Bouroz visit the United States was administered the Phelps Stokes Fund behalf the Department States International Visitor Leadership Program. The purpose his visit was, part, learn more about the structure and administration the U.S. judicial system and the interaction between federal, state and local legal entities. While the nations capital, met with representatives from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Department Justice, the Senate Committee the Judiciary, and other educational and non-governmental agencies. Judicial Watchs president, Tom Fitton, was invited meet with Mr. Bouroz and discuss the organizations mission promoting ethics, accountability, and transparency the judiciary. Mr. Fitton discussed Judicial Watchs profile non-governmental and non-partisan educational foundation and its activities investigating and prosecuting corruption the government and judiciary. further discussed the tools used Judicial Watch, such open records laws, the media, and litigation, fulfill its educational mission. Further, response Mr. Bouroz questions Judicial Watchs involvement and oversight the judiciary, Mr. Fitton discussed detail Judicial Watch's lawsuit brought against the U.S. Senate for its unconstitutional use the filibuster prevent presidents nominees from receiving up-or-down vote; the means used expose and discipline judges who engage corrupt practices; and what look for the selection candidates apart from political party ideology. Mr. Bouroz astutely commented the difficulty determining the character judicial candidate and asked how we, the U.S., made such determination. response, was agreed that the appointment candidates the federal bench has always been highly politicized. However, Mr. Fitton stated his belief that determination can made judges qualifications examining their past rulings, commentaries, speeches, affiliations with private groups, and their general reputation the legal community. The failed nomination Harriet Miers seat the U.S. Supreme Court was given example the conservative communitys wariness stealth candidates, even the candidate deemed politically conservative. solid record and respect from the judicial community large that helps ensure nominee, confirmed, will serve guardian the Constitution and respect the separation powers therein.