- The Washington Times - Monday, June 7, 2010

Ever wonder how those terrible judges who sentence sex offenders and child pornographers to only the minimum punishments keep their jobs? The U.S. Senate is considering one such judge now, and unless America wakes up, he is about to get a big promotion.

Our president, Barack Obama, has decided that a man who actively empathizes with serial killers and rapists, sex offenders and child pornographers should be given a promotion to a lifetime job. Robert Chatigny, a U.S. District judge in Connecticut, has been nominated by Mr. Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, a bench position that has led other judges right up the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Chatigny is a disgrace to the legal profession and an example of one of the worst nominations Mr. Obama has put forth.

In a documentary on serial killers, Michael Ross describes how he tied up 14-year-old Leslie Shelley, put her in the trunk of his car and “took the other girl, April Brunais [also 14] out, and I raped her and killed her, and I put her in the front seat.” He said he killed eight girls and women, ages 14 through 25, and if he wasn’t caught, he still would be killing.

It was of this man that Judge Chatigny said: “[Michael Ross] never should have been convicted. Or if convicted, he never should have been sentenced to death.” Judge Chatigny then fought to stop Ross’ execution - twice - and was overturned by the Supreme Court both times. Judge Chatigny went on to suggest that “sexual sadism is clearly a mitigating factor.” Mitigating factor? A sexual sadist deserves less time in prison because he’s sick? That twisted thinking is a normal reality for Judge Chatigny.

Ross killed eight girls and women. He destroyed the families of those victims. Even to think of a judge sitting on one of the highest courts in the land who so clearly sides with a serial killer and rapist rather than with the victims, or merely the facts of the case, is nauseating.

Judge Chatigny was grilled by Republican senators recently in his Judiciary Committee hearing. Only one Democratic senator, Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, showed up, and she asked no hard questions of the rapist defender. In fact, she seemed completely fine with his nomination even though she listened to his pathetic answers to the questions about his empathy for Ross.

Judge Chatigny’s nomination is a disgrace and an affront to the families who suffered at the hands of Michael Ross. Mr. Obama should withdraw Judge Chatigny’s nomination immediately. This issue is at the very core of protecting American women. The proper role of government is to ensure the safety of its citizens - in this, case women and children.

Penny Nance is chief executive officer of Concerned Women for America.

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