We’re asking Senator [name] to vote against John Nalbandian for a judgeship on the federal appeals court (6th Circuit Court of Appeals). This important appeals court is only one step below the U.S. Supreme Court. Nalbandian’s record is troubling because he would decide legal precedent as an appeals court judge.
- During his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nalbandian refused to say that Roe v. Wade was decided correctly by the Supreme Court, although he was willing to say that other Supreme Court cases were decided correctly. To him, Roe v. Wade is not settled law. His response is a red flag that Nalbandian is willing to overturn or cut back on a woman’s right to choose if he becomes a judge.
- As an attorney Nalbandian has defended voter suppression efforts such as the voter ID laws in Indiana and Ohio. He has also worked against bilingual education, and even more telling, bilingual ballots.
We believe that Nalbandian has shown unacceptable stands against two fundamental rights: the right to privacy including a woman’s right to choose, and the right to vote. Nalbandian should not be made a judge for an important appeals court. We are asking the Senator to vote against this nomination.