On a vote of 56 to 43, the US Senate today confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Brown, one of the most right-wing and controversial of Bush’s judicial nominees, was blocked by Democratic filibuster in Bush’s first term and re-nominated in February. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote to confirm Brown. Not a single Republican crossed party lines to vote against Brown.
Often the lone dissenting vote on the California Supreme Court, Rogers Brown is a supporter of the constitution in exile, questioning the constitutionality of Social Security and most New Deal programs to regulate big business. Brown’s extreme positions were repeatedly stressed by Democrats in today’s debate on her nomination.
The Feminist Majority joined a wide coalition of groups in opposing Brown’s nomination, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, the National Bar Association, women’s rights groups, civil rights groups and seniors’ rights groups. Brown will now sit to the DC Circuit Court of Appeal, considered second only to the US Supreme Court in power. Three sitting Supreme Court Justices – Scalia, Thomas and Ginsburg – sat on the DC Circuit.
Following the vote on Brown, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) immediately moved to a cloture vote on the nomination of William Pryor, another of Bush’s extreme right-wing nominees, who was guaranteed an “up or down” vote in the recent agreement signed by seven Democrats and seven Republicans. The Senate voted to end debate by a vote of 67-32.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .