President Bush has nominated Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, despite his troubling record on the rights of African Americans, gay men and lesbians, and workers.
While serving as a judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals in 1998, Southwick joined a ruling that upheld the reinstatement without any disciplinary action of a white state employee who was fired for using a racial slur against an African American co-worker. The Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision.
In 2001, Southwick joined a ruling that upheld a chancellor’s decision to take an eight-year-old girl away from her mother and award custody to the father, who had never married the mother, largely because the mother was living with another woman in a “lesbian home.”
Urge your Senators to speak out against the Southwick nomination and oppose his confirmation!
It's amazing that there is so little senatorial outrage over the record of Leslie Southwick, a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Judge Southwick's troubling record on the rights of African Americans, gay men and lesbians, and workers is not reflective of our nation's values of equality and tolerance for all Americans.
I urge you speak out against the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.