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CCR Executive Director Vincent Warren Critical of Elena Kagan’s Nomination to the Supreme Court

NEW YORK - In response to President Barack Obama's
nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States
Supreme Court, Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director
Vincent Warren
issued the following statement:

"When the president nominates a woman or man to sit for life on the
highest court of the land, we must look seriously at the broadest and
most long-term implications seating that person will have for our
country. At the Center for Constitutional Rights, we have fought at the
forefront to hold back presidential overreach and the dangerous growth
of executive power, particularly as it concerns torture, detention,
surveillance and racial profiling, areas where the government has
flouted the law most blatantly over the last decade. I am sad to say
that Solicitor General Elena Kagan's record indicates a troubling
support for expanding presidential powers, something we must be vigilant
about at this time. President Obama would appear to be seeking to
appoint a Supreme Court Judge who will endorse his policies and appease
conservatives. This is not the way to make a decision that will affect
our nation for decades to come."


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