While President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is still looking for enough support for a confirmation vote, judges for the lower courts are still managing to get through. Recently, the President’s nominees managed to get on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and now he’s racked up one more confirmed federal judge.
That judge, who was confirmed on a very close vote, will now sit on Atlanta’s Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in Georgia. She will be setting legal precedent and deciding cases that can only be overruled by either an ‘en banc’ panel (which, essentially, means the entire court will vote on the issue), or by the Supreme Court itself. Some democrats have suggested that the Senate just confirmed an ‘extreme’ nominee, while others have simply pointed out she is conservative in her rulings and decisions.
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, by a vote of 52 to 46, the United States Senate narrowly voted to confirm Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant to Atlanta’s Eleventh Circuit Court. Now, she has a lifetime job on the Eleventh, until she decides she’s had enough of hearing important legal cases.
Unsurprisingly given the partisan climate these days, the vote was largely along party lines.
Three Democrats joined in with Republicans to vote in favor of her confirmation.
On Monday, Perdue even took to the Senate floor to extol her virtues, saying that she was clearly qualified for the position, and that there was not a doubt in his mind that she would do an excellent job.
Senator Perdue also said that he believed the country could use more judges like Georgia Supreme Court Justice Grant.
Unsurprisingly, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who holds a law degree from Harvard but never practiced law, completely disagreed.
He sought to frame Grant as someone whose legal philosophy is “extreme” in nature.
LGBTQ+ and pro-abortion groups also sought to suggest that she was an extremist, and Schumer repeated their complaints.
He said that “from reproductive rights” to ‘gun safety,’ there was a good chance that any partisan case from the last five years involved her. He also suggested that she took up “fringe” legal arguments in order to weaken and undermine “well-established” rights and “overturn a precedent” in order to further her ideological goals.
It sounds like Schumer didn’t mind that kind of judicial activism when the Second Amendment was being attacked in states like California and Illinois, nor when abortion was foisted upon the states via the extremely questionable Roe. v. Wade decision.
Some Democrats in the Senate also tried to tie Grant to her former boss, a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court in D.C. named Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination to SCOTUS the leftists are still looking to block.
However, try as they might, they did not manage to stop Grant from taking her position on the federal court, nearly four months after she was first nominated for the said spot on the bench.
Mrs. Britt Grant, born Elizabeth Britt Cagle, has an impressive pedigree.
She received a Bachelors of English and Politics from Wake Forest University, then worked for Congressman Nathan Deal in D.C. She eventually ended up working for the George W. Bush administration in a variety of different capacities.
She went to Stanford Law School, and while there she was the president of the Federalist Society. After her graduation, she clerked for Kavanaugh while he worked the Circuit Court in D.C.
Her history of work, as well as her membership in the generally conservative-leaning Federalist Society, speaks well of her qualities as a conservative judge.
It seems likely that she has a long career ahead of her, and that she will be a staunch proponent of a more ‘constitutionalist’ view of the law, rather than a judicial activist who will attempt to legislate from the bench.
Hopefully, Senator Perdue‘s words about her will turn out to be correct, and she’ll be the kind of person the United States needs, and could use more of.