Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday forwarded to the full Senate the appellate judicial nomination of U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny, whose self-proclaimed sympathy for sexual sadists knows few bounds. Thus proceeds President Obama's attempt to remake the federal judiciary into a den of criminal-coddling left wingers completely alien to most Americans' sense of equal justice under law. Together, these nominees are dangerous to the American legal system.
Judge Chatigny: Declaring that a serial rapist-murderer's sexual sadism was a mitigating factor that made him perhaps the least culpable prisoner on Connecticut's death row, the judge threatened the law license of the defense attorney who tried to fulfill the murderer's own request to end years of appeals. Judge Chatigny imposed sentences well below the recommended minimum in a series of child-pornography and sexual-assault cases and even tried to invalidate Connecticut's version of the Megan's Law sex-offender registry.
Goodwin H. Liu: This University of California at Berkeley law professor has argued there is a constitutional right to welfare and that the judiciary should be a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning that can cue the policymaking process during greater deliberation and rationality. …