Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senator Jeff Sessions: "The Klan was OK Until I Found Out They Were Pot-Smokers"

SHIMMY: Good morning, everybody. With the way the traffic was today, I think some people are still having trouble getting in here. I talked with Senator Sessions about this. He told me that he used to think the Klan was OK until he found out some of them were pot smokers.

JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD "JEFF" SESSIONS III: Judge Sotomayor said, I think six different times, quote, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion." So that's a matter that I think we'll talk about as we go forward.

According to Justice Department attorney J. Gerald Hebert, you called a white civil rights lawyer a "disgrace to his race" for litigating voting rights cases.

JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD "JEFF" SESSIONS III: Shimmy, isn't it true that Judge Sotomayor's statement suggests we accept that there may be sympathies, prejudices, and opinions that legitimately can influence a judge's decision? And how can that further our faith in the impartiality of the system?

SHIMMY: In the mid-1980s, Senator Sessions, when you were a U.S. attorney in Alabama, you ridiculed the NAACP as "un-American" and "Communist-inspired." You said the NAACP "forced civil rights down the throats of people."

JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD "JEFF" SESSIONS III: Isn't she saying that she expects her background -- and heritage -- to influence her decision-making?

SHIMMY: You called black former assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Figures "boy" during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan.


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