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May 04, 2011

INHOFE OPPOSES JUDICIAL NOMINATION OF JOHN J. MCCONNELL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading Senate conservative, today made the following statement after opposing the nomination of John J. McConnell, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. His nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63-33:

“The nomination of John McConnell as United States District Judge for Rhode Island is irresponsible and reckless. As a lawyer, he embraced a theory of jurisprudence that does not respect the rule of law, making him unsuitable to be a United States District Judge. I echo the concerns made by the Chamber of Commerce, questioning his previous bias against business defendants, which could lead to the potential multiplication of baseless lawsuits. As someone who gave inconsistent answers before the Judiciary Committee during his confirmation process, I am also stunned by his blatant disregard of the nomination process. It is because of these reasons that I opposed his nomination today.” 

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