Conservative Group Eyes State Judicial Battles

A conservative judicial group has changed its name to lend a sense of urgency and has announced it is tackling state judicial battles as well as those on the federal level.

The Judicial Confirmation Network has changed names to the Judicial Crisis Network, according to an article in The Blog of Legal Times, and executive director Gary Marx told the blog that “The crisis of judicial activism has spread” to state courts.  Marx sees the group participating in state supreme court contests with issue advocacy.

On its Web site, the group describes its mission in a statement: “We support legislative and legal efforts which oppose attempts to undermine the rule of law; unconstitutionally expand the power of government; politicize the enforcement of the law; threaten American sovereignty; supplant American law with foreign or international law; or bias the legal system on behalf of politically favored groups or individuals.”

It is moving its offices from Northern Virginia to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In the past the group has vocally supported the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito Jr. and opposed the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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