Judge Haynes' lack of experience, combined with her failure to provide meaningful answers during today's hearing, makes this nomination too risky for the judiciary and the American people. A nominee for a seat on a federal appeals court must have a record of excellence in the law, impeccable integrity, and a deep commitment to equal justice for all. Judge Haynes does not satisfy this standard.This circuit has historically been a source of fairness and justice for millions of Americans. But under the court-packing policies of the Bush Administration, the balance of this hugely important court has been tilted to right - a shameful development that will affect the lives of people in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi for decades to come. At the relatively young age of 45, Catherina Haynes could conceivably hold her seat for over 40 years. This risk is simply too great to accept and the Senate should act quickly to ensure that only the most qualified and independent-minded judges are approved for these life-time appointments.
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