By Leslie H. Southwick
President George W. Bush nominated Leslie H. Southwick in 2007 to the federal appeals courtroom, 5th Circuit, established in New Orleans. at first, Southwick appeared a consensus nominee. simply days ahead of his listening to, notwithstanding, a revolutionary advocacy staff disbursed the result of study it had performed on evaluations of the kingdom court docket on which he had served for twelve years. reviews Southwick had signed off on yet no longer written turned the guts of the talk over the following 5 months. One handled a racial slur by way of a nation employee, the opposite with a baby custody conflict among a father and a bisexual mom. obvious bipartisan contract for a fast affirmation changed into an extended set of battles within the Judiciary Committee, at the flooring of the Senate, and within the media.
In early August, Senator Dianne Feinstein thoroughly stunned her committee colleagues via aiding Southwick. Hers was once the only Democratic vote had to flow the nomination to the whole Senate. Then in overdue October, through a two-vote margin, he got the votes had to finish a filibuster. affirmation followed.
Southwick recounts the 4 years he spent on the division of Justice, the twelve years on a country court docket, and his army provider in Iraq whereas deployed with a Mississippi nationwide safeguard Brigade. in the course of the nomination inferno Southwick maintained a diary of the various occasions, the conversations and emails, the fun and despairs, and commonly, the prayers and feel of peace his religion gave him--his memoir bears major religious content material. during the fight, Southwick realized that standpoint and development are very important to we all whilst making judgements, and he grew to simply accept his critics, despite final result. In The Nominee there's no rancor, and in its place the ebook expresses the knowledge that the tough street to luck was once the main invaluable one for him, either as a guy and as a judge.
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