Republicans Want Hearing Delayed on Pro-Abortion Obama Judge Goodwin Liu

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republicans Want Hearing Delayed on Pro-Abortion Obama Judge Goodwin Liu

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Senate Republicans today called for a delaying a proposed April 16 hearing on pro-abortion liberal professor Goodwin Liu, whom President Barack Obama nominated for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Liu is a professor at the liberal University of California, Berkeley.

All seven of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked for a delay when officials discovered he left 117 questions blank on the official Senate judicial questionnaire.

In a letter they sent to pro-abortion Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the committee, they said the omissions put Liu’s nomination in jeopardy, according to a report in The Hill.

“At best, this nominee’s extraordinary disregard for the Committee’s constitutional role demonstrates incompetence; at worst, it creates the impression that he knowingly attempted to hide his most controversial work from the Committee,” the Republicans charged

“Professor Liu’s unwillingness to take seriously his obligation to complete these basic forms is potentially disqualifying and has placed his nomination in jeopardy," the GOP members added.

Obama nominated the pro-abortion law professor in February.

Liu clerked for pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, worked in the Clinton administration, and spoke out against Supreme Court nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council talked more about Liu’s liberal bona fides.

"Professor Liu is an outspoken liberal University of California law professor. At just 39 years old, he is already a leading light of the judicial activist left and has served as Chairman of the Board of the leftwing American Constitution Society," he says. "He opposed the confirmation of Chief Justice Roberts and testified against Justice Alito’s confirmation. This is one of President Obama’s most controversial judicial appointments to date. "

Ed Whelan, a writer at the conservative National Review, has also weighed in on Liu.

"Liu is closely aligned with various left-wing groups. For example, he is (or recently was) on the boards of directors of the American Constitution Society, the ACLU of Northern California, and the National Women’s Law Center. He apparently practiced law for about two years," he notes.

Liu has said he believes in the pro-abortion notion of a changing Constitution that can, for example, allow for unlimited abortion rights.

"What we mean by fidelity is that the Constitution should be interpreted in ways that adapt its principles and its text to the challenges and conditions of our society in every succeeding generation," Liu has said.

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