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May 12, 2011
Obama Appoints Gun-Grabber John McConnell as a District Judge - 3

President Obama is now 20 for 20 in 2011 district court judicial appointments following the May 4 Senate confirmation of John McConnell -- an avowed opponent of the Second Amendment -- to the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island.

The Senate voted 50-44 to confirm McConnell to the bench after a 63-33 tally ended a filibuster orchestrated by GOP leaders. Three previous attempts to confirm McConnell, a Providence trial lawyer, in the Senate failed.                

McConnell received the lowest American Bar Association rating of any Obama judicial nominee. Despite 25 years of litigation experience, he was not considered well qualified by anyone on the ABA evaluation committee and a portion of the committee actually found him to be not qualified at all.                

A May 3 "Liberty Alert" posted by the Gun Owners of America said McConnell is "right in line" with Obama’s Supreme Court picks — Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan -- and responded "evasively" to questions about the Second Amendment "and refused to declare what he considered to be fundamental, individual liberties."                

The GOA also noted McConnell's long history of supporting liberals with anti-gun agendas. "Even in a world where political backers are often selected to fill openings for judgeships and other federal jobs, the size of McConnell’s contributions sets him apart from other nominees," it said. "In 2008 alone, for example, McConnell gave over $120,000 to Democrat candidates."                

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted against McConnell four times. "Simply put, he has an activist view of the law, a biased view of litigants, and a casual view of ethics,” Hatch said. “For this nominee, the ends justify the means and who, I believe, views the courts as a venue for redistributing the wealth. We don’t need judges like him on the bench and I’m deeply disappointed in the White House for selecting him.”                

McConnell's confirmation adds another anti-Second Amendment Obama appointee to the federal bench. According to CNN, there are 92 vacancies in the 857 federal district and appeals court judgeships. Next up: Edwin Chen, whom Obama wants to put on a U.S. District Court in Northern California.                

For more, go to:                
-- U.S. Senate: Vote Coming on Far Left McConnell to Federal Court           

-- RI judge nominee expected to take bench by July           

-- Senate Thwarts Filibuster on Judge             

-- Disqualifying Excellence          

-- The case of Jack McConnell        

-- R.I. Lawyer Finally Wins U.S. Judgeship Over GOP Opposition              

-- Up-down vote gives Obama 20th 2011 judicial OK             

-- Why the Jack McConnell vote matters outside Rhode Island       

-- Republicans, conservatives accuse Senate Dems of ‘pay-for-play’ favor with Jack McConnell judicial nomination cloture vote              

-- Senate Flouts Corporate Lobbyists, Breaks Filibuster of Nominee

Photo: Ari Levinson

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from Ruckweiler wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

How does a cretin like this take the oath to defend the Constitution? Oh yeah, I forgot. The Constitution is either old and moldy or "living."

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from sangcoacc wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

This administration must have paid big if it took 4 attempts to get this radical confirmed. Some Dem senators really made hay while the sun shined.

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I don't know if I should be suprised or happy? Both would be polar opposites of my actual behavior but this goes to show you the true ideals of Obama. This isn't the begining of the slippery slope, but since his election it seems as if the slope to total control has increased. We have government run healthcare, cameras in schools recording what kids eat(Mooochelle take some of your own medicine please), Lawlessness in the WH and government, ect... I hate to say it we are worse off than many think and every person being nominated for law offices are one more chain on the backs of everyone. Hopefully we can shed these chains and beat back time to a better day/future!

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I don't know if I should be suprised or happy? Both would be polar opposites of my actual behavior but this goes to show you the true ideals of Obama. This isn't the begining of the slippery slope, but since his election it seems as if the slope to total control has increased. We have government run healthcare, cameras in schools recording what kids eat(Mooochelle take some of your own medicine please), Lawlessness in the WH and government, ect... I hate to say it we are worse off than many think and every person being nominated for law offices are one more chain on the backs of everyone. Hopefully we can shed these chains and beat back time to a better day/future!

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from sangcoacc wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

This administration must have paid big if it took 4 attempts to get this radical confirmed. Some Dem senators really made hay while the sun shined.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

How does a cretin like this take the oath to defend the Constitution? Oh yeah, I forgot. The Constitution is either old and moldy or "living."

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