Right now, establishment politicians are pressuring President Trump and the U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Sul Ozerden from Mississippi to be a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
But confirming Ozerden for a lifetime judicial appointment would be a big mistake. His past decisions reveal a questionable judicial philosophy that is at best indifferent to religious liberty—and at times openly hostile to religious liberty.
His background includes ignoring 79 members of Congress in an important religious liberty matter, ignoring a prior decision in favor of religious liberty on the same issue, and ruling against the Catholic Church without even allowing the Church to have a hearing in court.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 5 more reasons why Judge Sul Ozerden is the wrong pick:
- He’s not a judicial conservative.
- He’s never been affiliated with the conservative movement.
- He’s never volunteered his time to advance conservative causes.
- He’s never been active in conservative legal circles.
- He’s never written any decisions that have advanced conservative judicial principles.
The record is clear: Judge Ozerden is not a trustworthy protector of religious liberty.
And with only 1 more seat open on the Fifth Circuit—the crucial swing vote—it is vital that we get this judicial nomination right.
That’s why across the country, a tidal wave of Americans like you, along with conservative leaders, legal organizations and religious groups, are urging President Trump to nominate a conservative, pro-religious freedom judge to the Fifth Circuit.
American voters elected President Trump on the promise that he would nominate proven constitutional conservatives to the federal bench. Now, we need to hold him to it.