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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE ACLU Sends Judiciary Committee Questions for Souter Hearing For IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 12, 1990 The American Civil Liberties Union today sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a series of 39 questions that it requested the committee ask of Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter. "In view of the relative bareness of Judge Souter's record, this week's hearings have become extraordinarily important," said Ira Glasser, the ACLU's executive director. "The Senate must fully explore Judge Souter's judicial philosophy, particularly his beliefs on the protection of individual rights." The ACLU only opposes nominees for the Supreme Court if their "record demonstrates a philosophy" that, if implemented, "would fundamentally jeopardize the Court's historic and critical role in protecting civil liberties." The union does believe, however, that the Senate has an obligation to examine a nominee's judicial and constitutional philosophy and to require a nominee to fully explain that philosophy during hearings. The ACLU's recommended questions and a letter delivered today to Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the chairman, and all members of the Judiciary Committee, are attached.

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