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UNION EDGE RADIO: Stalemate in Selection of Supreme Court Justices, and the Senators that Fail their Mandate logo-2551

Why Courts Matter PA Coalition Co-Chair John Neurohr joins us to talk about the stalemate in the selection of a new Supreme Court Justice, and how Senators are not doing their jobs by delaying this process.

PATRIOT NEWS: Toomey agrees to meet Supreme Court nominee, but not to act on nomination

The Why Courts Matter organization, which held rallies in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and 20002895-mmmainPittsburgh to demand Toomey meet with Garland, praised Toomey’s decision.

“Polls show that Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly feel it is Senator Toomey’s constitutional duty to fairly consider the President’s nominee, and the incredible interest we’ve had in rallies at Senator Toomey’s district offices throughout the state bear that polling out,” said Jodi Hirsh, organization co-chair.

Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, most Republicans say the late Justice Antonin Scalia won’t be replaced until the next president picks a nominee.

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FOX 29 NEWS PHILADELPHIA:  #DoYourJob protests outside Toomey’s office

RAGING CHICKEN PRESS: #DoYourJob: Protesters Around Pennsylvania Call Out Pat Toomey’s Judicial Record


“Progressive organizations are holding demonstrations across Pennsylvania and telling Senator Toomey to “do your job.” This morning, thirty demonstrators gathered in State College for a morning rally, and fifteen others gathered outside of the Senator’s Harrisburg office. Protesters pointed out Senator Toomey’s past obstructionism by blocking his own judicial nominees to fill federal court vacancies. More demonstrations are planned outside of his Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices throughout the rest of the week.

Jeff Garis from the Pennsylvania Budget Policy Center, a member of Pennsylvania’s Why Courts Matter coalition, asked onlookers and passerby’s who does Senator Pat Toomey represent. Does Senator Toomey represent his constituents and follow the constitution? Or does he Mitch McConnell?”

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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Toomey still opposes reelection vote on court nominee

PatToomey“There’s an important distinction between voting no after a fair hearing . . . and refusing to even have a meeting,” said John Neurohr of Why Courts Matter-PA.

Senate Democrats urged their Republican colleagues to act. “The American people expect us to do our job without delay and politically motivated excuses,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.).

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hXj8cRmnTdOvaucifO8o_L._Felipe_Restrepo_senate_judiciary_hearingStill, groups that monitor the judicial nomination process have continued to criticize Toomey and Senate Republicans, saying Restrepo’s qualifications have never been in doubt.

“Every day that goes by means justice is being delayed and denied for everyday Americans, and it also means judges currently on the bench are being overworked,” said John Neurohr, co-chairman of Pennsylvania’s branch of the liberal-leaning group, Why Courts Matter.

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Diversify Pennsylvania’s court system

 Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin was recently suspended by the Board of Judicial Conduct for exchanging racist and sexist emails with other state officials, and two other justices have since been implicated in the scandal. Justice Eakin defended his actions by claiming that the emails were sent among “the boys” in the “locker room.”

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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: After 14 months, Senate finally approves Phila. judge

squarifyImageRestrepo was nominated to move up to the circuit court on Nov. 12, 2014.

“There is no question that Sen. Toomey did a disservice to his constituents by not pressuring GOP leadership to bring up Judge Restrepo’s nomination sooner,” said a news release from Christine Stone, cochair of Why Courts Matter PA.

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THE LATIN POST: Senate Judicial Confirmation Vote for Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo Set for January 2016

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HUFFINGTON POST: This Guy Waited 390 Days For His Turn At A Job. The Senate Just Skipped Him.

RestrepoToomey, who is up for re-election in 2016, has been taking heat back home for his role in delaying Restrepo. Why Courts Matter – Pennsylvania, a left-leaning coalition that advocates fair access to justice in courts, delivered lunch to seven of Toomey’s district offices last week — a reference to comments Toomey made to The Huffington Post earlier this year about needing to run to lunch instead of answering a question about his delays on Restrepo. They filmed the awkwardness, too.

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TIMES LEADER: Sen. Pat Toomey shades truth on filling of federal judge vacancies – Times Leader – timesleader.comsquarifyImage

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s attempt at a defense of his record on judicial appointments (” By putting aside partisanship in Pa., we’ve succeeded in filling federal judicial vacancies “) fails to tell the full story.

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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Justice denied when judges refused a votesquarifyImage-2

If an individual were notified that his or her “day in court” would potentially come years after filing a claim, would it be worth filing a federal lawsuit in the first place?

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NEW YORK TIMES: Confirm President Obama’s JudgesslmTCAXNSsSXNOPYBG3K_the-new-york-times

On Nov. 12, 2014, President Obama nominated Luis Felipe Restrepo to a judgeship on the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Restrepo, who already sits on the United States District Court in Philadelphia, seemed to secure the support of both Pennsylvania senators – Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican.

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