David Hamilton Survives Senate Test; Likely Confirmation
Hamilton has been under serious fire for his contentuous rulings and disregard for the law, basing rulings on his leftist ideology.
From the article:
The vote–70-29–limited debate over the qualifications of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, and assured his elevation to the Chicago-based appeals court. Sixty votes were needed to end the filibuster, but confirmation only requires a simple majority of the 100-member Senate.
Ten Republicans repudiated their own party leaders and voted to limit debate. The Obama administration made a crucial decision from the outset by getting the support of Hamilton’s home-state Republican senator, Richard Lugar.
Hamilton has been criticized for rulings against Christian prayers in the Indiana legislature and against a menorah in the Indiana Municipal Building’s holiday display.
Conservatives were furious that Hamilton struck down part of an Indiana law requiring women to make two trips to a clinic for counseling before they could get an abortion. He said the requirement placed an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to choose to end a pregnancy.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who led the opposition to Hamilton, argued that Hamilton’s record met his definition of extraordinary circumstances.
He not only attacked Hamilton’s judicial record, but criticized his work in the distant past: vice president for litigation and board member of the American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana; and a fundraiser for two months for the Association of Community Organizatons for Reform Now (ACORN).
Republican senators voting to limit debate were: Lugar; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Saxby Chambliss of Georgia; Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine; John Cornyn of Texas; Judd Gregg of New Hampshire; Orrin Hatch of Utah; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Thune of South Dakota.