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Bush appointee: Women should be subservient, rape can't cause pregnancy
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Edited on Wed Jul-07-04 11:35 PM by JohnLocke
Hatch backs nominee who backs St. Paul
By Christopher Smith -- The Salt Lake Tribune
Wednesday, Jult 7, 2004

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WASHINGTON -- Reading from the Bible on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch endorsed a federal judicial nominee who wrote that wives should have a subordinate role in marriage, with the Utah Republican emphasizing "millions and millions of people will agree with" that view.
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With Hatch's support and that of Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, J. Leon Holmes was confirmed 51-46 in the Senate on Tuesday evening, even though many members of the Senate predicted his nomination would be rejected.
Holmes' writing on abortion, marriage, slavery and other theological issues generated opposition from not only many Democrats but also some Republicans.
Fueling much of the debate is a 1997 article Holmes and his wife, Susan, wrote for Arkansas Catholic magazine titled, "Gender Neutral Language, Destroying an Essential Element of Our Faith." The couple wrote that under Catholic teaching, "the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man" in marriage and "is to subordinate herself to the husband."
(...) Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, has said the positions taken by Holmes "reflect a narrow view of the Catholic theology and do not embody contemporary standards that should be followed by any federal judge in any state."
Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., lashed out at Durbin's criticism during floor debate.
"We hear so much from the other side about tolerance," said Santorum. "Where is the tolerance for people who want to believe what has been taught for 2,000 years?"

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Hatch also discounted criticism over a 1980 letter Holmes wrote to a newspaper arguing that rape victims should not be allowed to have abortions because "conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami." Holmes has since apologized for the comment.
"I find his statement to be insensitive and appalling," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, a former criminal prosecutor who cited studies showing an estimated 25,000 pregnancies occur each year due to rape. "Speak to the family of a 13-year-old girl who is pregnant by being raped by her family's best friend, the next-door neighbor."
Said Hatch: "I believe all of us have made statements in the past for which we wished we could apologize."
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Read the rest here.
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People for the American Way did an article on this guy...
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Today the Senate confirmed President Bushs nomination of Leon Holmes to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The nominees record of extremism on reproductive choice, the role of women and other issues had generated concern even among some Republican Senators, several of whom voted against Holmes.
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The views expressed by Mr. Holmes about reproductive rights and other issues of critical importance to women are far outside any mainstream understanding of constitutional values. Holmes has callously dismissed the rights of women seeking abortion. He has even minimized the situation of women who become pregnant as a result of rape, stating, "... concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami." In fact, studies estimate that between 25,000 and 32,000 women each year become pregnant as a result of rape in the U.S., and about 50 percent of these pregnancies end in abortion.
Leon Holmes is one of a number of ideologues who has been nominated by President Bush in his efforts to shift the federal judiciary far to the right. But his nomination and now his confirmation are a particularly offensive insult to American women.
"Holmes record and extreme views about the role of women and other subjects will make it impossible for many who come before him to expect a fair hearing," said Neas. "His confirmation is another reminder to American voters that the future of a federal judiciary committed to our rights and freedoms is at stake in this election year."
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Independent Judiciary also did something on this guy...
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Nominated to: Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Status of nomination: Nominated 1/28/03; Hearing 3/27/03
Voted out of Committee: 5/1/03
Biography:
Born 1951, Hazen, Arkansas
B.A., 1973, Arkansas State University
M.A., 1976, Northern Illinois University
Ph.D., 1980, Duke University
J.D., 1982, University of Arkansas
1979-81, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Augustana College (IL)
1980-81, Law Clerk, Katz McAndrew Durkee & Telleen
1982-83, Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Arkansas
1983-88, Associate, Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock, Ark.
1989-2000, Williams & Anderson LLP, Little Rock, Ark.
1989-90 and 1993-1998, Non-Equity Partner
1992, Of Counsel
1999-2000, Equity Partner
2000-present, Partner, Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Barrow PLLC, Little Rock, Ark.
2000-present, Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, Ark.
Throughout his career, J. Leon Holmes has actively worked to undermine a woman's right to reproductive choice. His zealous advocacy for doing away with such a fundamental right, along with extreme statements he has made about the separation of church and state, gay rights, and gender equality, raises serious questions about his fitness for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.
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So, what do all you Naderites think about all this?
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