September 10, 2003

Estrada Withdraws Nomination

On Thursday, September 4, judicial nominee, Miguel Estrada withdrew his name from consideration for US Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. In his letter of withdrawal, Mr. Estrada wrote, “I believe that the time has come to return my full attention to the practice of law and to regain the ability to make long-term plans for my family.”

Estrada was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001—some 28 months ago. Since then a minority of US Senators have blocked his nomination by refusing to allow a vote. Several votes to end this filibuster were taken, but the Senate was consistently five votes short of the 60 needed to accomplish this.

HSLDA is grateful for the calls that HSLDA members made, over the last year, to their Senators regarding Mr. Estrada’s nomination. It is very unfortunate that his nomination was put off due to partisan disagreements, which could not be settled.

Read U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s statement.

 Other Resources

Miguel Estrada's Letter of Withdrawal 9/10/03

Text of a Letter from the President to Senator Frist and Senator Daschle 3/11/03

National Alert--Update On Estrada Nomination, More Calls Needed 3/7/03

National Alert: Senate Must Allow Vote on Estrada Nomination 3/5/03

President Disappointed by Vote to Continue Filibuster on Judicial Nominee 3/6/03

United States Senators Positions on Filibuster of Estrada Nomination 3/5/03

The Bush Administration's letter to Senator Tom Daschle (SD) on Judge Estrada's Nomination (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) 3/5/03

Letter from Bipartisan Majority of U.S. Senators Expressing Support for Miguel Estrada's Nomination 2/25/03

Letter from Counsel to the President Alberto R. Gonzales to Senators Daschle and Leahy 2/12/03

Pro Family Judge Awaits Senate Approval 1/3/03