Why Courts Matter Iowa Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Reject Leonard Steven Grasz’s Nomination
On October 30, representatives of the American Bar Association released a statement unanimously deeming federal judicial nominee Leonard Steven Grasz “not qualified”. Grasz is the third nominee since 1989 to receive this rating unanimously, and the previous two were not confirmed. If confirmed, Grasz would oversee Iowa from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals bench.
Today, representatives of the ABA will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting about the rating. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley invited these representatives to testify before his committee votes on Grasz’s nomination.
Iowa Citizen Action Network Executive Director Sue Dinsdale, One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa Director Chris Schwartz, and Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following joint statement on behalf of Why Courts Matter Iowa in advance of today’s Judiciary Committee meeting:
Sen. Grassley has a history of trusting the ABA’s judgment. The ABA gave Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch its top “well-qualified” rating on March 9, 2017 before he was confirmed. Sen. Grassley responded positively to this rating in a statement, citing Former Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s assertion that the ABA is the “‘gold standard’ in evaluating federal judicial nominations.’”