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Bush-appointed judge rejects racist label

by Josh K / March 29, 2004 2:21 AM PST
Bush-appointed judge rejects racist label

(CNN) -- Charles Pickering, the judge temporarily appointed by President Bush to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, denies allegations that he is racist, an accusation leveled against him by Democrats who stalled his nomination in the Senate.

"To accuse a white Southerner of being a racist is about the worst thing you can do," Pickering said Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes."

"I have worked for more than three decades trying to provide better relations between the races, trying to protect equal rights. That's my core being, and they've attacked that."

Attorney Charles Lawrence, a Democrat, is one of Pickering's supporters.

"I trust him because I've been in front of him. I've had cases in front of him," Lawrence said. "And that's not to say I've always won. I haven't always won. But he, he has an understanding of the law, and he applies it ... fairly across the board."

What the article doesn't mention, but which you'd have seen if you watched the interview, is that Charles Lawrence is also black.

I have to say, that while I question his judgment in reducing the sentence of that cross-burner (it may also have been illegal, as the sentence handed down was the minimum for that type of offense), he doesn't strike me as a racist at all.

But then again, the interview was on 60 Minutes, and I know how some of you insist that you can't trust anything you see on that program, so.....

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Ummm, conservatives don't need 60 Minutes to tell us the guy isn't a racist.
by Kiddpeat / March 29, 2004 2:32 AM PST

We can figure that out all by ourselves. OTOH, the Dems may need the official pronouncement.

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pretty insulting, KP ! :( nt
by Richard Jones Forum moderator / March 29, 2004 2:35 AM PST


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No problem, Richard
by Josh K / March 29, 2004 2:39 AM PST

I expected nothing more and nothing less from KP.

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So, why tout 60 Minutes as the source of this valuable information, and
by Kiddpeat / March 29, 2004 5:41 AM PST
In reply to: No problem, Richard

add the aside about those who don't think too highly of its propaganda? Devil

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Re:So, why tout 60 Minutes as the source of this valuable information, and

Because I knew that would put you in the position of having to either withdraw your comment that 60 Minutes can't be trusted, or dispute a story that was favorable to one of your own.


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In other words you got the response you asked for...

60 Minutes still can't be trusted but the people ON 60 Minutes can be checked up on and credibility verified.

In other words if 60 Minutes does another exploding gas tank expos

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Huh! Is that clever or what? How would your post produce either outcome?

Your cleverness has exceeded my ability to grasp it. I know I'm getting old, but I didn't think I was that old.

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Glad to see you..
by Bo Boggs / March 29, 2004 5:42 AM PST

looking at both sides again, Josh.

BTW, do you know the details of the case where he reduced the sentence of the "cross burner"? There was nothing race related in the action.

Seems there were 3 of them. 2 of them did the actual burning and the third stayed in the truck and pled that he did not know what the other 2 were planning.

The other 2 got very light sentences through a quirk of the law and their trial circumstances and the 3rd boy got a big sentence. Pickering reduced that sentence to something more like what the actual perpretrators got.

Pickering was also endorsed by the Mississippi NAACP. That alone should have quashed the racist label, but was not good enough for those who are intent on blocking any judicial appointment higher than bottom level appointments.


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Re:Glad to see you..
by Josh K / March 29, 2004 5:51 AM PST
In reply to: Glad to see you..

Thanks Bo.

I don't really know anything about the case other than what I heard during the interview last night. I'd heard about the controversy over Pickering, mainly from discussions in this forum. My wife and I both found him credible and felt the one decision was not being looked at in proper proportion to the rest of his life's work.

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