If it’s Friday…
It must be Atrocity Day:
Bypassing Senate Democrats who have stalled his judicial nominations, President Bush will use a recess appointment to put Alabama Attorney General William Pryor on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at least temporarily, government sources said Friday.
The White House began informing senators Friday afternoon of Bush’s intention, said one Senate source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Two White House officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Bush’s plan to install Pryor, and said a paper announcement was likely Friday afternoon.
After senators were informed by the White House, Pryor went to the federal courthouse in Montgomery, where he was expected to be sworn in by U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes in a private ceremony.
Pryor, 41, is a founder of the Republican Attorneys General Association, which raises money for GOP attorneys general. At his confirmation hearing, he said he had not lobbied tobacco companies or companies under investigation by his office, but Democrats said they had documents showing Pryor may have been involved in some fund-raising activities.
Here’s more on Kill Bill:
While Pryor argues that child convicts should be put to death with dispatch, he fervently draws the line at fetuses. “I will never forget January 22, 1973, the day seven members of our highest court ripped the Constitution up and ripped out the life of millions of unborn children,” Pryor said in 1997. Indeed, he opposes abortion in almost every instance, including rape and incest. Pryor even backed a ludicrous bill in the Alabama legislature that would have appointed a lawyer to act as a guardian ad litem for the fetus of any woman considering an abortion.
His views haven’t mellowed over time. “Abortion is murder and Roe v. Wade is an abominable decision,” Pryor said last year. “I support the right to life of every unborn child.”
Once those fetuses reach term, though, Pryor washes his hands of them, especially if they are poor or black. As attorney general he tried to undermine a consent decree aimed at improving Alabama’s notorious state child welfare system, which stored troubled kids in abusive foster homes and wretched psychiatric wards. When asked about his maneuvers to shirk the requirements of the consent decree, Pryor cloaked it in the addled rhetoric of states rights. “It matters not to me whether the actions would leave children unprotected,” Pryor said. “My job is to make sure that the state of Alabama isn’t run by federal courts. My job isn’t to come here and help children.”