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LDF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Circuit Court Nominee Britt Grant

7/31/18

Read a PDF of this statement here.

LDF Statement on Senate Confirmation of Circuit Court Nominee Britt Grant

The Senate voted today to confirm Britt Grant to a lifetime appointment on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Todd A. Cox, Policy Director at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), provided the following statement:

“President Trump is not simply trying to tilt the balance on the Supreme Court, but in less than two years he has already exploited historic obstructionism during the prior administration and gotten two dozen judges confirmed to appointments on circuit courts. The Senate must decelerate this breakneck pace and recommit to its obligation to advise and consent on judicial nominees by vigorously vetting them.

“Senators confirmed Britt Grant despite her troubling track record as Georgia Solicitor General, including her work to undermine critical protections for African Americans in voting rights and criminal justice. Explicit bigotry was enough to tank Ryan Bounds nomination for the Ninth Circuit. Britt Grant’s repeated efforts to undermine crucial rights for communities of color should have tanked hers.

“Whether it’s Judge Brett Kavanaugh or a lower court nominee, each Senator must spend time thoroughly reviewing the administration’s choices for our courts. Those who are given a lifetime seat on the federal bench will play a central role in safeguarding civil rights for decades, and rushing their confirmation jeopardizes the hard-won rights of generations to come. It’s time to slow down and make sure that only nominees with a demonstrated commitment to equal justice are confirmed to the federal judiciary.”

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.