Californians Deserve Better than Bumatay on the Ninth Circuit

Courts News 12.10,19

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

“Bumatay’s confirmation is part of Trump’s shameless effort to reshape the Ninth Circuit. The confirmed nominee’s record on civil rights is beyond troubling. He has served as a political operative in the Trump administration and has pushed a far-right agenda. For example, Bumatay played a central role in reinstating policies that perpetuate the mass incarceration of communities of color. He also played a key role in vouching for the nominations of anti-civil rights nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh during their Supreme Court confirmation fights.

“It is no surprise that Trump pushed this nomination over the objections of both senators from California as part of his effort to transform the Ninth Circuit. Bumatay does not represent the people of California and they deserve better.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to the confirmation of Patrick Bumatay.

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