The "Stop Sutton" Campaign has rolled into high gear. Groups across the country are writing Congress protesting the Administration's nominee for the federal bench. A new website has been launched -- ADA Watch -- to fight the Sutton nomination and other efforts to weaken the ADA.
Advocates Oppose Sutton
National disability groups are opposing the nomination of attorney Jeffrey Sutton, Pres. George .W. Bush's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and have contacted Bush and notified media. Sutton argued against the Americans with Disabilities Act before the U. S. Supreme Court this past fall on the Garrett case.
Disability advocates in Washington DC marched to the White House on May 19 to express opposition. The rally was spearheaded by ADA Watch. Stories about disability opposition to the Sutton nomination ran in the May 19 Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch. Sutton is from Columbus.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings originally scheduled for May 23 were postponed; according to a May 23 story from the Associated Press, Sutton's nomination is the "most contentious."
"It is the number one priority of the disability community to stop this,'' Jim Ward, director of public policy for the ADA Watch, told reporters. "Jeffrey Sutton represents a threat to our civil rights and we're united to stop this nomination.'' "Organizations representing disabled Americans plan to campaign for the Senate to reject his nomination or Bush to withdraw it," said the AP story.
Bush Judge Nominee says ADA "Not Needed" May, 2001 -- The Americans with Disabilities Act is "not needed," says Pres. George .W. Bush's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
Jeffrey Sutton, the attorney who argued against the Americans with Disabilities Act before the U. S. Supreme Court this past fall on the Garrett case, is among Pres. George W. Bush's initial 11 nominees to the federal bench.
Sutton, a former law clerk for conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, told the Court last fall when he argued the Garrett case for Alabama that the ADA "exaggerated discrimination problems by states." The ADA was "not needed," he told the Court, since all 50 states had disability antidiscrimination laws already.
Besides the Garrett case, Sutton, a state solicitor for Ohio, successfully argued in support of states' rights in the Kimel case, in which the U. S. Supreme Court ruled, in Dec., 1999, that the Age Discrimination Act was unconstitutional. Many of the same arguments used in Kimel were used by Sutton to argue against the ADA's constitutionality in the Garrett case.Sutton has been nominated for the federal judgeship of the Circuit Court which reviews appeals from the federal district courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Read more on the nominations from the May 10 Washington Post
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