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Charles Willis Pickering, Sr. (born May 29, 1937) is a retired American judge. May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


He received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1959, and a LL.B. also from the University of Mississippi in 1961. The Lyceum The University of Mississippi (also known as Ole Miss) is public, coeducational research university located near Oxford, Mississippi. ... 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Lyceum The University of Mississippi (also known as Ole Miss) is public, coeducational research university located near Oxford, Mississippi. ... 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year—i. ...


He has a wife, Margaret Ann Pickering, with whom he has three daughters and one son, U.S. Representative Charles "Chip" Pickering, Jr. Charles Willis Chip Pickering, Jr. ...


Career

Judge Pickering was appointed and served as City Prosecuting Attorney of Laurel and was elected and served four years as County Prosecuting Attorney of Jones County. He served briefly as Laurel City Judge, 1969, and was elected to two terms in the Mississippi State Senate, 1972 to 1980. In 1979, Pickering was the Republican nominee for Attorney General, and also served as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party from 1976 to 1978. 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...


Charles W. Pickering, Sr. was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on October 2, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. State nickname: Magnolia State Other U.S. States Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Governor Haley Barbour Official languages English Area 125,546 km² (32nd)  - Land 121,606 km²  - Water 3,940 km² (3%) Population (2000)  - Population 2,697,243 (31st)  - Density 23. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Order: 41st President Vice President: J. Danforth Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush (born June...


In 1976, Judge Pickering chaired the subcommittee of the Republican Party's Platform Committee that called for a constitutional amendment that would have overruled Roe v. Wade. Holding Texas laws criminalizing abortion violated womens Fourteenth Amendment right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy. ...


In 1984, when Judge Pickering was the president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, he presided over a meeting where the Convention adopted a resolution calling for legislation to outlaw abortion except when necessary to preserve a woman's life.


Unsuccessful Nomination to the Court of Appeals

President George W. Bush nominated Pickering for a judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2002, but his nomination was not acted upon favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Nevertheless, on January 7, 2003, President Bush renominated Pickering to the same position. Senate Republicans failed to block a filibuster of Judge Charles Pickering's promotion to the federal appeals court on October 30, 2003. On January 16, 2004, while the U.S. Senate was in recess, Judge Pickering was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George W. Bush. Appointments such at this, bypassing confirmation, are only valid until the next Congress takes office, in this case in January 2005. Order: 43rd President Vice President: Dick Cheney Term of office: January 20, 2001 – Present Preceded by: Bill Clinton Succeeded by: Incumbent Date of birth: July 6, 1946 Place of birth: New Haven, Connecticut First Lady: Laura Welch Bush Political party: Republican George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the... The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States District Courts: Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas The court is based at... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate, the upper house of the United States Congress. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A filibuster is a process, typically an extremely long speech, that is used primarily to stall the legislative process and thus derail a particular piece of legislation or a Presidential nominee, rather than to make a particular point in the content of the diversion per se. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Order: 43rd President Vice President: Dick Cheney Term of office: January 20, 2001 – Present Preceded by: Bill Clinton Succeeded by: Incumbent Date of birth: July 6, 1946 Place of birth: New Haven, Connecticut First Lady: Laura Welch Bush Political party: Republican George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Judge Pickering had two hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At both hearings, he failed to disavow the position he has taken on abortion, or to declare his support for reproductive rights.


In December 2004, Pickering announced that he was withdrawing his name from consideration as a nominee to the Fifth Circuit and retiring from the federal bench.


Groups that had opposed Pickering's confirmation to the Court of Appeals included: the national and Mississippi chapters of the NAACP, the Legislative Black Caucus, the Magnolia Bar Association, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Mississippi Worker’s Center for Human Rights, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Alliance for Justice, the Human Rights Campaign, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the National Bar Association, the American Association of University Women, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Women's Political Caucus, the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of School Administrators, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, the United Steelworkers of America, and others. State nickname: Magnolia State Other U.S. States Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Governor Haley Barbour Official languages English Area 125,546 km² (32nd)  - Land 121,606 km²  - Water 3,940 km² (3%) Population (2000)  - Population 2,697,243 (31st)  - Density 23. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. ... The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC, first known as Southern Negro Leaders Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration) is a civil rights organization founded in January 1957. ... The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization representing African American members of the Congress of the United States. ... The Alliance for Justice has been working since its inception in 1979 to promote a fair and independent judiciary and strengthen public interest advocacy in the United States. ... HRC logo The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights organization in the United States. ... Jesse Jackson formed two non-profit organizations, Operation PUSH (People United To Serve Humanity) in 1971 and the National Rainbow Coalition in 1984. ... The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is an organization championing womens rights and equity in education. ... NARAL Pro-Choice America (pronounced Nay-ral) is a United States group that favors the right to legal abortions and engages in political action to oppose restrictions on what it portrays as womens right to abort. ... The National Womens Political Caucus was formed in 1971 with a goal of increasing the number of women involved in politics, including running for office and serving as delegates to national conventions. ... Ľ The AFL-CIO is the largest labor union federation in the United States. ... The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the second- or third-largest labor union in the United States and one of the fastest-growing, representing over 1. ... The Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) was a labor union in the United States, formed in 1995 as a merger between the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). ... The United Steel Workers of America (USWA) claims over 1. ...


However, Pickering's nomination was supported by several past leaders of the NAACP in Mississippi. One of his strongest supporters was Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Charles Evers (b. ... Medgar Evers (July 2, 1925–June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi. ...


External links

  • PFAW - Editorial Memorandum Against Confirmation (http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=1287)
  • DOJ Biography (http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/pickeringbio.htm)
  • Transcript of Sixty Minutes segment on Charles Pickering (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/25/60minutes/main608667.shtml/)

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Charles W. Pickering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (474 words)
In 1979, Pickering was the Republican nominee for Attorney General, and also served as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party from 1976 to 1978.
President George W. Bush nominated Pickering for a judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2002, but his nomination was not acted upon favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On January 16, 2004, while the U.S. Senate was in recess, Judge Pickering was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President George W. Bush.
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