The Honorable Strom Thurmond, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary
Re: Nomination of Jefferson B. Sessions
U.S. Judge, southern/District of Alabama
Hearing, March 13, 1986
Dear Senator Thurmond:
I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.
Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.
I regret that a long-standing commitment prevents me from appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However, I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions' confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this letter be made a part of the hearing record.
I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Sessions.
Coretta Scott King
Statement of Coretta Scott King on the Nomination of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions for the United States District Court Southern District of Alabama senate Judiciary Committee
Thursday, March 13, 1986
This is the letter Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to read into the record in the U.S. Senate and then she was silenced. Several other Democratic Senators followed by reading the letter into the record.