Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bush Appoints Judge Who Refused to Enforce Law for 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

It just figures...

When presented with five names from which to pick to appoint to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bush picks the lawbreaker.

As Howling Latina posted back in June 2007, Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and John Warner, R-Va., recommended five names for the Circuit Court.

One of the names was U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad who was inititally appointed to the bench by Sen. John Warner and former Sen. George Allen for the Western District of Virginia.

As district judge, Conrad wrote in United States of America v. Whittington that courts may include criminal conduct by juveniles during the penalty phase for the same defendant for crimes committed after the age of 18.

A news item that stuck out as Howling Latina pored over articles on Lexis-Nexis was the fact that Judge Conrad once refused to enforce a Department of Labor order demanding a chief financial officer from Cardinal Bancshares be reinstated under the “whistleblower” provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

The Associated Press now reports the White House "announced Thursday that Bush had nominated Glen E. Conrad to the Richmond, Va.-based appeals court."

How's that for law and order...??? Well at least this time Bush stuck to the Warner-Webb list; one supposes that's progress. No confederate flags in his closet.

Well, you got a note on which is why I'm here.

Reading google briefly, the facts in the case are that Conrad didn't rule because the administrative process as defined by congress wasn't final.

That's not exactly leaving the law behind. It's actually following the law even if its poorly written.
YOu need to do a little more "googling."

The law Congress enacted was clear. Employers could not fire employees for telling the truth. In the case of Mr. Dave Welch, he was fired for not signing bogus financial statements.
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