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Caitlin J. Halligan

Nominee to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals

First Nominated: Sept. 29, 2010
Re-Nominated: January 4, 2013 (September 19, 2012, June 11, 2012), (Jan. 5, 2011), 
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Action: Contact Your Senator and Tell Them to Continue Their Principled Opposition to Halligan

Halligan, Round Five: Time for President Obama to Throw in the Towel
for a Radical Nominee Who Senators Dismissed Long Ago.

The History of Halligan’s Five Nominations Shows Senate Consensus She Should Not be Confirmed. President Obama nominated Halligan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 29th, 2010, but neither Democrats nor Republicans have reacted positively to this radical nomination. On December 6th, 2011, Halligan’s nomination failed a Senate cloture vote, falling well short of the 60 votes required to proceed. Nevertheless, President Obama has re-nominated Halligan four times, marking a total of five times her nomination has been submitted to the Senate, and five times it has gone unapproved. Ironically, only once in more than two years has Halligan been brought to the floor by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). In essence, only one of Halligan’s five nominations have been filibustered by minority Senators. Responsibility for her other four failed nominations rest solely on the shoulders of Majority Democrats who have refused to even bring Halligan’s nomination to the floor for a vote. 

Click here to read Judicial Action Group's six-page research paper detailing Halligan's concerning positions on Gun Rights, War Crimes of Terrorists, Marriage, Judicial Pay, and even Constitutional Amendments.

The Washington Times Reports Numerous Discrepancies in Halligan's Hearing Before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. “The controversy is over a 2004 New York City bar association report on enemy combatants, which concluded that indefinite detention during wartime is unconstitutional. Ms. Halligan was listed as a signatory on the document but told Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, that she first “became aware of the existence of the report” last summer,” states the editorial. The letter also found Ms. Halligan’s legal judgment questionable when she argued that racial criteria should be allowed for admissions to colleges and school districts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against her on three of four race cases.  Click here to read the full Washington Times article on their website.

Both the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America have stated opposition to Caitlin Halligan, because of her fiercely anti-gun beliefs, which she could potentially improperly introduce into the law if confirmed as a judge.

In the letter issued by John Velleco, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America, he wrote, “Halligan has proven to us that she places liberal political activism above fealty to the law.” (Read the full GOA letter here)

Executive Director of the NRA Institute for legislative Action joined this sentiment in a letter he wrote. Mr. Cox stated that the NRA’s “opposition is based on Ms. Halligan’s attacks of the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” (Read the full NRA letter here)

The US Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) has called Caitlin Halligan, an "Injudicious Choice." Highlighting her positions opposing Second Amendment Rights and supporting an ideology that encourages judges to legislate from the bench, the RPC says: "Ms. Halligan’s well-documented record as a committed advocate of extreme liberal positions raises questions about whether she would be a fair and impartial jurist. These concerns are compounded by the fact that Ms. Halligan has been nominated to one of the most important courts in the United States." (Click here to read the full RPC Policy Paper)