(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Friday, April 11, 2003

the Pryor nomination, cont'd
Law.com has an article this morning about the immediate outpouring of opposition to Alabama AG Bill Pryor's nomination to the Eleventh Circuit. While I work on a longer explanation of why you should oppose him even if your politics are much more centrist than mine, you can begin by reading the amicus brief (pdf file) that he filed (along with the AGs of Utah and S.C.) in Lawrence v. Texas, including his vigorous defense of the proposition that gay oral sex has detrimental "spiritual" effects in addition to emotional and psychological ones. The prohibition of gay sex acts was so important to him that not only did he inject himself into the case by filing an amicus brief, but even asked the Supreme Court for permission to have someone argue on behalf of Alabama when it became clear that Texas's lawyer wasn't going to do a very good job. This is the sort of aggressive activism that is his hallmark.

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