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Alberto R. Gonzales, Supreme Court possible nominee

Alberto R. Gonzales

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Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales might be the most controversial of all the potential nominees. The religious right is strongly opposed to his nomination because Gonzales is not viewed as a true believer on issues like abortion, Bush was furious when these concerns were made public before the Roberts nomination, and Gonzales is still believed to be in the running for the Justice O'Connor seat.

Because of the abortion controversy, some liberals have concluded that Gonzales is a moderate who might be the least objectionable option. Yet his actions at the Justice Department should alarm liberals and all Americans who value free speech. See below for details on how his Justice Department is allocating resources to re-fight the porn wars last waged by the Reagan administration.


Background:

Currently 49 years old, Gonzales has less time on the bench than the other likely Supreme Court candidates but has one crucial advantage: the close friendship of President Bush.

Gonzales grew up as the son of impoverished Mexican immigrants and went on to graduate from Harvard University law school. Bush, then the governor of Texas, hired him as his general counsel and later appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court. Bush brought Gonzales to Washington as his White House counsel in 2001.

The Senate narrowly approved Gonzales as attorney general in February after he faced sharp criticism from Democrats over the role he played in approving controversial detention and antiterrorism policies.

The strongest opposition to Gonzales as a Supreme Court candidate so far has come from the right, due primarily to positions he has taken on issues like abortion and affirmative action.


Key Decisions and Writings:

While on the bench in Texas, Gonzales sided with a majority in a 2000 case allowing an unidentified 17-year-old girl to obtain an abortion without notifying her parents, finding that she qualified for an exception to that state's parental notification law. In a concurring opinion, Gonzales said that to side with dissenters in the case would amount to "an unconscionable act of judicial activism."

Gonzales also testified at his attorney general confirmation hearing earlier this year that he recognized the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion as "the law of the land."


Policies:

Porn Obsession - The Bush administration and Attorney General Gonzales are making the prosecution of adult porn a priority over trivial things like terrorism and corruption. What a joke. This stuff hasn't been prosecuted for years, but now the religious extremists who support the Bush administration are getting their way. Fortunately, other officials are resisting this idiotic policy. Is this the kind of person we want on the Supreme Court? Wouldn't he vote to gut free speech protections?


Profiles:

Washington Post profile

Slate profile

New York Times profile







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