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August 2, 2007
Fred Thompson on Judge Southwick
Fred Thompson has come out four square in favor of confirming Judge Leslie Southwick to the Court of Appeals 5th Circuit.
While it really doesn't come as a surprise, the passion with which Thompson backs Southwick as well as his clear desire to appoint conservative judges if elected may dispel some uneasiness conservatives have been feeling about Thompson recently:
His opponents do not question Judge Southwick’s qualifications to sit on the federal appeals court. Indeed, they cannot. Judge Southwick served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals from that court’s very inception in January 1995 through December 2006. Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, from 1989 to 1993, he was in a general civil private practice for 12 years. He’s taught law as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law since 1998. He’s also served his country in Iraq, fulfilling his National Guard duty as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate from August 2004 to July 2005, and then as Staff Judge Advocate until January 2006. Even the American Bar Association, which often treats conservative judicial nominees unfairly, unanimously gave Judge Southwick the institution’s highest possible rating. Thompson's legal philosophy should give heart to conservatives who might question the selection of judges made by a Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney if they were to make it to the White House.
So rather than assail Judge Southwick’s legal competency, Senate Democrats, led primarily by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), are instead attacking Judge Southwick’s character. Ignoring his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity since 1993 and the time he spent as a board member and president of a local Jackson, Miss., charitable organization, Senate Democrats claim that Judge Southwick is racist and anti-homosexual.