The Ordeal of Charles Pickering

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I am not reviewing Pickering's actions in the case as an argument for his confirmation. I would hesitate to vote for him, because he asked lawyers who bring cases before him in the District Court to write to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting his nomination to the Fifth Circuit. That is unethical.

But I write now to illuminate the laziness of the press—with very few exceptions—in reporting in lockstep the debasing accusations against Pickering in the cross-burning case without doing their own reporting. Moreover, from organizations on both sides of the ideological spectrum, there is now no charge too low and too inaccurate that is beyond the bounds of trying to terminate a judicial nomination. It's become disgusting.

Next week: The judicial conscience of Charles Pickering.

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