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Reform Jewish Leader Responds to Supreme Court Nomination of Harriet Miers
In response to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "Only through a comprehensive exploration of Ms. Miers’s views will Senators and the nation be able to make a fully informed decision on her nomination."

Saperstein: Only through a comprehensive exploration of Ms. Miers’s views will Senators and the nation be able to make a fully informed decision on her nomination.

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Washington, October 3, 2005 - In response to the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

President Bush’s nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the retirement of Sandra Day O’Connor is the first step in the historic process of confirming a new justice. We now look forward to the Senate’s full and thorough examination of Ms. Miers’s record and views as part of the essential process of advice and consent.

Although her extensive law firm experience, and her various Bar Association leadership roles, would provide important perspectives for the Court, Ms, Miers’ largely unexamined career makes it all the more important for her to be forthcoming in expressing her views during the hearing process.

In addressing the issues at stake in this nomination the Religious Action Center is today launching a new website – www.AskHarrietMiers.com. As we did with the nomination of Judge John Roberts, we will be encouraging our constituents, and others, across the nation to send us the questions they believe should be asked of Ms. Miers. We will then work with the Senate Judiciary Committee to have those concerns raised in Ms. Meirs’s hearing.

Only through a comprehensive exploration of Ms. Miers’s views will Senators and the nation be able to make a fully informed decision on her nomination. A lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court deserves no less.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism , whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis , whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.




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