A judicial oversight group is opposing a nominee for a federal court who could come up for a vote soon.
The nominee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California is Dale Drozd, who currently serves as a federal magistrate. Phillip Jauregui heads Judicial Action Group and tells OneNewsNow that Drozd's record speaks for itself.
“He's had a number of different rulings, one of which where he refused to follow the plain language of the law, which is of course the test of judicial activism,” Jauregui says. “That was in a case of a Christian worship service in a prison, where a prisoner was entitled to Christian worship services and Judge Drozd denied him those rights.”
In that case, Drozd’s ruling was overturned on appeal. Drozd also clerked for and was mentored by Judge Larry Karlton, who ordered Congress a few years ago to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Karlton had a philosophy of what he called handcrafted law, and Drozd praised Karlton for his view. Jauregui says that view was judicial activism.
“Drozd essentially said the same thing when he came before the Senate,” he says. “He didn't hide the fact that he thought judges have the final say on the law and that there was no instance where Congress or a president should ever disagree with a court order no matter how ridiculous it was.”
Jauregui believes the nomination could be considered soon in the Senate, although pressing business could move the decision to a later date, so he encourages conservatives to contact their senators now and urge them to vote against Drozd's nomination.