Frist’s Attack On Civil Rights

The flier for the Bill Frist endorsed telethon reads: “The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith.”

Speaking of racial bias…

One of the nominees the filibuster could be used against is Terrence Boyle, opposed by nearly every conceivable minority group for his abominable record on civil rights. During the redistricting of North Carolina in the 1990s, the state created a congressional district to reflect the strong African-American population of the area. Boyle tried to block the district’s creation and declared it unconstitutional, a decision reversed twice by the Supreme Court and called “clearly erroneous” by Justice Clarence Thomas. Judge Boyle also has a record of siding with employers in cases of workplace discrimination.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the National Bar Association questioned Boyle’s “professional competence,” “judicial temperament,” “commitment to equal justice under the law” and “cultural sensitivity.”