Jun 11 2003

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL PRYOR

Statement by Senator Richard Shelby

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) introduced Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor at his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Attorney General Pryor is the nominee for the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Senator Shelby’s statement is below:

“Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before the Committee today to introduce Bill Pryor, Attorney General of the State of Alabama and the President’s nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.”

“I have known Bill for many years and have the highest regard for his intellect and integrity. He is an extraordinarily skilled attorney with a prestigious record of trying civil and criminal cases in both the federal and state courts. He has also argued several cases before both the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama.”

“As the Attorney General of the State of Alabama, Bill has established a reputation as a principled and effective legal advocate for the State of Alabama and has distinguished himself as a leader on many important State issues.”

“First and foremost, however, Bill is a man of the law. Whether as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, or the Attorney General of the State of Alabama, he understands and respects the constitutional role of the judiciary and specifically, the role of the federal courts in our legal system. Indeed, I have no doubt that he will make an exceptional federal judge because of the humility and gravity he would bring to the bench. I am also confident that he would serve honorably and apply the law with impartiality and fairness.”

“Again, Mr. Chairman, I thank you for holding today’s hearing on Bill’s nomination. I am hopeful that the Committee will favorably report his nomination to the full Senate in the near future.”