Di­ver­sity lack­ing in Trump ju­di­cial picks

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Trump’s picks for fed­eral judge­ships re­flect a strik­ingly dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion when it comes to di­ver­sity on the bench – it is the most white and male group of nom­i­nees in re­cent his­tory.

So far, 91 per­cent of Trump’s 58 ju­di­cial nom­i­nees for district and ap­peals courts are white, a pace that would make his ap­pointees the least di­verse since the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics com­piled by the lib­eral ad­vo­cacy group Al­liance for Jus­tice. Only 19 per­cent of his picks are women, a pace that would make his ap­pointees the most male since the Ge­orge H.W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Com­pare that to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who made adding di­ver­sity to the fed­eral benches a pri­or­ity in his ju­di­cial se­lec­tion process. Of his 329 ap­pointees, 64 per­cent are white, the low­est per­cent­age of any pres­i­dent. Forty-two per­cent are women, the high­est of any pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to the Al­liance statis­tics.

Trump’s “nearly exclusive fo­cus on white males” will only serve to un­der­mine the gen­eral pub­lic’s con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem when they en­ter a court­room, said Nan Aron, founder and pres­i­dent of Al­liance for Jus­tice.

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