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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Contact: Jason Rylander, 202-296-6889

Community Rights Counsel Touts Role of Environmental Issues in
Defeat of the Nomination of William G. Myers to the Ninth Circuit

Washington, D.C. - The Senate today refused to confirm President Bush's choice for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, William G. Myers III, marking the first time that a nomination has been successfully opposed primarily on the basis of environmental concerns. A former energy and ranching industry lobbyist who recently served as Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, Myers's nomination drew strong opposition from environmental groups, Native American and tribal groups, and civil rights organizations across the country.

"This is the first judicial nomination in history that has been defeated on environmental grounds," said Doug Kendall, Executive Director of Community Rights Counsel. "It proves there is no litmus test in judicial confirmation battles. There are a number of critical issues at stake in judicial nominations, and the environment is at the top of the list."

CRC prepared a comprehensive report detailing the environmental case against Myers's nomination: A follow-up report prepared by CRC, People for the American Way, and Earthjustice is available at



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