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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE Ginsburg's Civil Liberties Record: ACLU Report Finds Judge Not Bound By Any Agenda For IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 1993 NEW YORK -- Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg has compiled a record as a federal judge that is both thoughtful and sympathetic to civil liberties concerns, but at the same time shows an unwillingness to be labelled or adhere to an agenda, according to a report issued today by the American Civil Liberties Union. In a report to the ACLU National Board, the ACLU's Legal Department and its Washington Office, along with a team of private Washington lawyers, surveyed the approximately 350 opinions that Judge Ginsburg authored during her 13 years as a federal judge and some of her other legal writings. The report did not attempt to tackle the hundreds of opinions that Judge Ginsburg joined, but did not author. As a federal judge, Ginsburg has shown sensitivity to discrimination issues involving gender and a strong commitment to First Amendment values while compiling a mixed record on criminal justice questions and closely following Supreme Court precedent in other civil liberties areas. As a nonpartisan organization, the ACLU almost never takes a position on executive branch nominations. On two occasions in the organization's 73-year history, the ACLU National Board has voted to oppose nominees to the Supreme Court because they "demonstrate an approach to civil liberties or to the function of the judiciary that is fundamentally hostile to civil liberties." The ACLU's policy also calls on the Senate to exercise its constitutional responsibilities by examining a "nominee's view of the function of the judiciary and its role in protecting civil liberties," and by requiring the "nominee to explain and elaborate upon those views during hearings on the nomination." "In accordance with ACLU policy, this report does not take a position on Judge Ginsburg's nomination," said Nadine Strossen, ACLU President. "Instead it presents an overview of Judge Ginsburg's record on crucial civil liberties issues and is being released to educate the Senate, as well as the public, about this aspect of her record." Before President Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, Ginsburg was closely associated with the ACLU, founding the ACLU's Women's Rights Project and serving as a member of the ACLU National Board and a General Counsel to the organization. As an ACLU attorney, Ginsburg brought path-breaking legal cases to advance gender equality under law. Ginsburg's goal throughout the approximately 20 cases that she guided while with the ACLU was to bring the legal standards concerning sex-based discrimination to the point where they mirrored as closely as possible those governing race-based discrimination. --endit-- ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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