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Republicans target Progressive Advocacy Group amid opposition to Jackson

When Mr. Biden took office, he selected Paige Herwig, a former Demand Justice attorney, to help screen his nominees for judges, and the group intensified its campaign to diversify the professional backgrounds of federal judges, calling for more public defenders and civil rights attorneys the mix of nominees rather than the prosecutors and corporate attorneys that usually dominate.

The Biden administration has embraced this approach, with nearly 30 percent of its nominees having public defender experience. Judge Jackson is the most prominent example. Demand Justice notes that this is a marked change even from the Obama administration, which nominated three prosecutors for each criminal defense attorney.

“Public defenders must be treated as defenders of the constitutional rights that they are,” Tamara Brummer, a senior engagement and public relations adviser at Demand Justice, stated at Monday’s concert, calling Mr. Biden “the president’s public defender.”

The event, which one organizer jokingly dubbed the Dark Money Dance Party, was put together by Demand Justice along with Black Lives Matter, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, MoveOn and the United State of Women. It served not only as endorsement from public defenders, but also as an opportunity to smack Republicans for their combative questioning of Judge Jackson in their hearings.

“Rather than having a grown-up conversation like you might expect at a confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice, they instead choose to shred their files,” said Ms Warren, who was one of the first to call for more publicity from defense attorneys at the Bundesbank in a 2013 speech. “Instead, they decide to scream and scream and talk about them. Instead, they choose to disrespect her.”

“You can kick and yell,” she added, “but it won’t change the reality that we’re going to confirm this woman in the United States Supreme Court.”

Demand justice doesn’t stop with Judge Jackson. The organization recruits potential justice candidates across the country, consults with attorneys from a variety of professional backgrounds, and conducts online tutorials and interview training. The group says 18 Biden candidates have disclosed in their filings that they have been in contact with Demand Justice.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/us/politics/gop-demand-justice-jackson-hearings.html Republicans target Progressive Advocacy Group amid opposition to Jackson

Ethan Gach

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