Brownback drops block on judicial nominee

The conservative senator will allow Janet Neff's nomination, which he had blocked because she attended a same-sex marriage, to proceed.


Alex Koppelman
December 19, 2006 7:07PM (UTC)

Apparently no longer able to withstand the barrage of criticism that came his way, Sen. Sam Brownback says he will stop blocking the nomination of Janet Neff for a federal district court judgeship. Brownback, who has been positioning himself as the presidential candidate for conservative Christians, blocked Neff because she attended the same-sex marriage of her neighbor's daughter in 2002.

This isn't Brownback's first shift on the block; earlier this month, he proposed one other solution: He would drop the block in exchange for Neff's promise to recuse herself from all cases related to same-sex marriage. But, the New York Times reports today, that was an unprecedented, and possibly unconstitutional, request, raising serious issues about the separation of powers provided for in the Constitution.

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Alex Koppelman

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