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Committee for a Fair Judiciary Statement on Mattew S. Petersen's Withdrawal

"There is little doubt that the principled and meticulous questioning by Senator John Kennedy played a major role in Matthew S. Petersen's decision to withdraw his nomination for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.  Senator Kennedy's questioning illustrates that serious vetting of judicial nominations should not be a partisan issue.   

Those who would occupy lifetime positions on our nation's federal courts should have unimpeachable credentials.  Ensuring that this fundamental qualification is met is the responsibility of each United States Senator, regardless of the side of the aisle on which he or she sits.  Anything less constitutes an abandonment of the advice and consent role that our Constitution assigns to the Senate in the judicial nominations process." 

- Robert Raben, Founder, Committee for a Fair Judiciary