The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for several of President Biden‘s judicial picks Wednesday, and a number of Republicans expressed particular concern over the background and philosophies of one nominee’s ties to progressive prosecutors.
Nina Morrison, a senior litigation counsel with the Innocence Project who once served as its executive director, has served as an adviser for the transition committees of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial District, all of whom support progressive criminal justice reforms.
As Morrison answered questions regarding her nomination for the Eastern District of New York, GOP senators expressed concern over some of these policies, specifically regarding decisions not to prosecute certain types of offenses.
“We have prosecutors who are saying, ‘To hell with the legislature and the people, we’re not going to prosecute an entire line of cases.’ And I think my question is pretty straightforward: Do you agree with that or disagree with it?” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. asked.
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