Group That Sponsored Edith Jones’ Talk at UPenn Rejects Racial Bias Accusations
“One-sided reporting and frivolous accusations,” the society wrote above a link to an Associated Press story about the complaint against Jones. “Rest assured the Federalist Society does not host or harbor racist speakers. We’re disappointed that constructive dialogue about federal habeas relief is being misrepresented like this.”
Notice that they didn’t claim that the Judge didn’t make those claims. Probably because they can reasonably expect that, like in the infamous “Romney 49%” videos durring the last election, videos or audio clips will surface. So they are falling back on the old, “taken out of context” diversion. Just like in the Romney 49% remarks, how can comments like that mean anything other than what they literally mean? Next, expect when the heat on the Judge Edith Jones inevitably increases, she will issue the old jink-and-jive statement, “If I have offended anyone with my remarks I sincerely regret it and … . ” then it will not help any and after a period she will have to resign just as Montana U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull did.
HELENA – A Montana federal judge will retire following an investigation into an email he forwarded that included a racist joke involving President Barack Obama.
Is it any surprise that these judges were both Republican appointed judges, serving in Republican controlled states?
Then finally, the Federalist Society has to say that it “does not host or harbor racist speakers.” because after all, if it did it would implicate many influential members.
Notable members of the Society have included:
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (who served as the original faculty advisor to the organization)
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Glover Roberts, Jr.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
United States Circuit Court Judge Priscilla Owen
United States Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Griffith
United States Court of Appeals Judge Edith Clement
formerUnited States Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler, a co-founder of the Federalist Society
former United States Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork
former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese
former United States Solicitor General Theodore Olson
Senator Orrin Hatch
President of Baylor University and former independent counsel Kenneth Starr
Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
Congressman Dan Lungren
The Society also has many prominent libertarians who are members and frequent speakers at Society events, such as:
Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School
Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown University Law Center
Bradley A. Smith, a professor at Capital University Law School who formerly served as Chairman of the Federal Election Commission
Roger Pilon, Director of Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute
Other members include:
United States Ambassador to the European Union C. Boyden Gray
Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer
Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
University of California, Berkeley law professor John Yoo, who received a Bator Award from the Society for “excellence in legal scholarship and teaching”
former United States Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton
Antonin’s son Eugene Scalia
former general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget and of the Department of Homeland Security Philip Perry
While not necessarily members, several figures in the public eye have written for Federalist Society publications:
Shawn Mitchell, a Republican member of the Colorado state senate
Hans A. von Spakovsky, a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission
Shannen W. Coffin, general counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts was reported to have been a member of the Society, but Roberts’s membership status was never definitively established. Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said Roberts “has no recollection of ever being a member.” The Washington Post later located the Federalist Society Lawyers’ Division Leadership Directory, 1997-1998, which listed Roberts as a member of the Washington chapter steering committee. Membership in the Society is not a necessary condition for being listed in the leadership directory.