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Carrie Severino: Far-left Obama-appointed judge launches political attack on conservative Federalist Society

Conservatives concerned by guidance telling judges to avoid federalist society U.S. District Judge John McConnell is an unabashed liberal, big donor to the Democratic Party, and a longtime friend of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a far-left Democrat from the judge’s home state of Rhode Island.

McConnell owes his job to Whitehouse, who asked President Barack Obama to nominate him to become a federal judge.

A recent CQ Roll Call investigation showed that McConnell gave about $500,000 to Democratic political committees before becoming a judge – more than any other judge nominated by Presidents Obama or Trump .

Why should you care? Because McConnell sits on the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the U.S. Judicial Conference.

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The committee sets ethical guidelines for federal judges and recently proposed barring these judges from membership in the Federalist Society, a network of conservative and libertarian law students and lawyers.


While the Committee on Codes of Conduct wants to keep federal judges from joining the Federalist Society, which does not lobby or take positions on issues, it has no problem with their membership in the liberal American Bar Association, which does.

The draft advisory […]

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