The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to reconsider many of President Biden’s judicial nominees that had previously been dubbed as “extremists.”
The Senate is set to convene this week, and as the Democrats managed to increase their majority to 51-49, they expect to be able to confirm many of Biden’s nominees that failed to progress during the last Congress. In the previous Congress, the Republicans protested against eight nominees because of their support of left-wing causes and the lenient sentencing they often gave. Ted Cruz, R-Texas., had even gone as far as to call these nominees “extremists, partisans, and radicals.”
Dale Ho is now being renominated for New York’s Southern District Court. Cruz had previously pointed out that Ho was prone to partisan decisions as he had worked with the ACLU and NAACP, and had even taken to Twitter to attack members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Rachel Bloomekatz, an Ohio public interest lawyer, had also been nominated but was not approved by the Senate for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now Bloomekatz is renominated and facing Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who has questioned her defense of 15-year-old, Brandon Moore who was a member in a gang rape of a pregnant college. Moore has received 141 years in a prison sentence. However, Bloomekatz took the case all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court claiming that the punishment Moore had received was unusual and violated the Eighth Amendment.
Moore defended her position by saying that minors should be treated differently by the law than adults.