Democrats Celebrate 100 Federal Judicial Nominee Confirmations But Michael Delaney ‘Problematic’ for Biden and Schumer

The Democrat-controlled Senate is celebrating the confirmation of 100 of Joe Biden’s judicial nominees, approved by radical left-wing organizations, but Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing saw Biden nominee Michael Delaney struggling against an onslaught of confrontation over his move in 2015 to publicly release the name of a minor female victim of sexual assault while he represented her school.

As Fox News Digital reported last week, Senate Democrats are now ready to approve another collection of Biden’s nominees who have worked for the abortion lobby, anti-Second Amendment organizations, the disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the radical leftist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

By nominating representatives of these radical positions, Biden is “paying back the left-wing dark money groups who spent over a billion dollars to help elect him and Senate Democrats,” Carrie Severino, president of JCN, formerly known as Judicial Crisis Network, told Fox News Digital.

“These nominees will happily deliver the left’s policy preferences from the bench, regardless of the law,” Severino added. “If confirmed, they will be some of the most radical judges in the country.”

In a Twitter thread Wednesday, however, Severino pointed to Delaney, Biden’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, who did not fare well during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee, stemming from the role he played in a 2015 case that the Boston Globe now states makes him a “problematic nominee.”

A former New Hampshire Attorney General, Delaney, the Globe noted February 1, was introduced by the state’s Democrat Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan as “exceedingly qualified” due to his “commitment to justice.”

Alexander Prout, the father of  Chessy, a girl who was sexually assaulted in 2014, when she was 15, by a senior at St. Paul’s prep school in Concord, begs to differ with Shaheen’s and Hassan’s characterization of Delaney.

“Michael Delaney is not qualified to sit on the bench,” he said. “If he is confirmed, it will send a chilling message to survivors of sexual assault and their advocates.”

Chessy, the Globe reported, was assaulted by senior Owen Labrie “as part of a campus custom known as ‘the senior salute,’ a game where upperclassmen competed to have sex with younger students.”

Labrie was subsequently acquitted of felony rape in the case, but found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Prout family pushed the school to make greater changes to curb its culture of sexual abuse, but was met with resistance. As a result, Prout sued the school, claiming St. Paul’s had failed to protect his daughter.

The report continued:

Delaney represented the school in that case. And in response to Prout’s claims, he used a hardball tactic too frequently deployed by those sued by victims of sexual assault: He moved to have Chessy Prout — who until then had been known only as “Jane Doe” — named publicly.

In Delaney’s motion, St. Paul’s was the victim, and the teenager and her family were the aggressors. He accused the Prouts and their attorney of engaging in “a national media campaign attacking the character, credibility and reputation of the School while simultaneously extolling Plaintiffs’ own character, credibility and reputation.”

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Mike Lee (R-UT) rebuked Delaney during his hearing.

Cruz referred to Delaney’s actions in the Prout case as “victim intimidation tactics,” and observed, “There’s a reason why almost virtually every Democrat has skipped this hearing — they’re embarrassed about this nomination.”

Similarly, Blackburn stated Delaney’s past conduct is “disqualifying.”

“I was taken aback that you would’ve thought a minor child who had been sexually assaulted did not deserve protection,” she asserted. “I think it is chilling the message this sends to young women.”

“People who put sexual assault victims through this kind of torture — shouldn’t sit on the bench,” Hawley stated.

Lee added that, regarding a child victim, “I’m not aware of any courtroom in America where a child victim — whether still a minor at the time of the trial proceedings or not — where the victim wouldn’t be allowed freely to choose to protect her anonymity.”

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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].





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