Hertling Failed to Affirm Brown v. Board; Did Not Deserve Confirmation

Courts News 06.10.19

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Richard Hertling to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims:

“Last month, our nation celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education ruling that struck down the shameful doctrine of ‘separate but equal.’ We called on senators to oppose all judicial nominees who refuse to state that this landmark decision was correctly decided. Instead, senators have cleared their confirmations at a time when civil rights and equality are being attacked.

“Stating that Brown was correctly decided is a moral floor and it should be disqualifying for confirmation to equivocate on its validity. Senators should be clear on this standard and oppose the confirmation of nominees like Hertling.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to all judicial nominees, including Hertling, who refused to state unequivocally that Brown was correctly decided.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.