Biden justice candidate in prison ‘abolitionist’ group

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FIRST ON FOX: One of President Biden’s Latest Judicial Candidates sits on the board of a group that has backed calls to defund the police and called for the abolition of prisons.

Biden appointed Roopali Desai, a litigation partner at the law firm Coppersmith Brockelman, to the seat of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last month.

Desai sits on the board of directors of Just Communities Arizona (JCA), a self-proclaimed “abolitionist organization” that envisions “a world in which prisons and jails are no longer needed”.


Biden’s justice candidate, Roopali Desai, sits on the board of a group seeking to abolish prisons.

The organization has taken several hardline stances on the criminal justice system, including saying “the criminal penalty system is not really about justice” and mourning Arizona’s execution of Frank Atwood last month. last.

Atwood was convicted in 1987 of the rape and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson before dumping her body in the Arizona desert northwest of Tuscon.

“The State of Arizona has executed Frank Atwood,” read a black graphic of a burning candle posted by the organization on Facebook. “Please take a moment to send Light to Frank Atwood, his family and friends, and all who suffer under Arizona’s punishment system (including those employed there.”

JCA was formerly known as the Arizona Chapter of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)changing its name in January of this year.

AFSC National Arm Supports defund the police and called the US criminal justice system a “racist system that disproportionately targets people of color” during the George Floyd riots. AFSC-Arizona co-signed a national branch statement calling for the diversion of resources “from the police forces occupying our communities.”

AFSC also supported the abolition of prisons as well as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel supported by several terrorist organizations.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has confirmed 69 of Biden's judicial nominees since the president took office.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has confirmed 69 of Biden’s judicial nominees since the president took office.
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“Roopali Desai’s troubling record renders her unfit to serve in federal justice,” Article III Project Founder and President Mike Davis told Fox News Digital. “Desai has spent his professional career championing a radical leftist agenda.”

“She helped lead an organization that supports prison abolition and defunding the police. Desai has also partnered with teachers’ unions to indoctrinate our children with critical race theory,” Davis said. . “Her position as a member of the Arizona ACLU Board of Directors and time spent working as an attorney for Planned Parenthood reveal her for what she is – a far-left activist driven by a dangerous ideology.”

“Given the revelations uncovered by the Article III Project, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly should be ashamed of their support for Roopali Desai,” he continued. “As senators from the home state of Arizona, they have a responsibility to lead the fight against the nomination of such a radical and unqualified person, not to blindly support an extremist who does not represent the values ​​of their state.”

Davis added that since “Sinema and Kelly refuse to do their job, President Biden should immediately withdraw Roopali Desai’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Desai, who has also worked as an attorney for Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of a teachers’ union and its allies challenging Arizona’s ban on teaching the controversial subject in classrooms. K-12.

Desai’s appointment follows a pattern of the president appointing controversial progressives to judicial and administrative posts.

Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., rushed to fill vacancies with candidates — the way the Democratic leader’s foil did under former President Trump — ahead of a midterm election that could see the 50/50 Senate turn red.

Schumer has so far edged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in judicial confirmations, having placed 69 new justices on the bench since Biden took office.

Republicans so far this term have forced Democrats to call closure votes on each of Biden’s 69 nominees. Democrats at this point in Trump’s term have only forced closure votes on two of Trump’s 42 nominations, although they have subsequently adopted this standard practice for nearly all of Trump’s picks.


But in a world where filibuster is a thing of the past, Republicans’ almost uniform resistance to Biden’s nominees isn’t exactly slowing down Senate Democrats. Nonetheless, they will have their work cut out to catch the 234 federal judges appointed by Trump during his tenure. The former president has picked up his pace in his last two years.

Neither the White House nor Desai immediately responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Tyler Olson contributed reporting.

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