Biden judicial nominee held up by Senate GOP leaders over controversial decision

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 June 14, 2024

President Joe Biden is having a very difficult time with his latest judicial nominee, who was recently taken to task by Senate Republicans. 

According to Fox News, Judge Sarah Netburn, nominated to one of the most powerful judiciaries in the nation, was passed up on two opportunities for advancement by Senate GOP leaders.

The outlet reported that "The apparent delay comes after Republicans highlighted her decision to move a transgender individual, who is also a sex offender, into a women's prison."

Netburn was nominated by the president to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

What's happening?

Notably, Netburn's opposition, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came via "hundreds" of letters he received from "liberals."

"Apparently, it’s not enough for Senate Democrats to rubber-stamp radicals to the courts. They desperately don’t want the American people to know about it," McConnell said. "The cat is out of the bag."

Fox News explained the background of Netburn's controversial move:

Netburn ordered the transfer of inmate July Justine Shelby, who was imprisoned under the name William McClain, to a women's prison, against the recommendation of Bureau of Prisons officials.

The situation Netburn created gets even worse, according to Fox News:

While grilling Netburn before the House Judiciary Committee last month, Kennedy noted that Shelby, who was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, had been convicted for molesting a nine-year-boy and raping a 17-year-old girl, as well as sending child porn to other sex offenders.

Controversy

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a ranking member, told Netburn, "In your Report & Recommendation, you open your ‘Factual Background’ section by stating: ‘At birth, people are typically assigned a gender.’ … Is it possible to determine a person’s sex by only analyzing their chromosomes?"

Netburn's response was asinine, to say the least.

"I have never studied biology, and therefore I am unqualified to answer this question," the judge said.

It's horrifying to think that someone like Netburn could be nominated to hold such a powerful position.

Hopefully, Senate Republicans continue to shut her down.

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