The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings tomorrow to examine the nomination of David Ogden, President Barack Obama’s choice for Deputy Attorney General. According to a news release from Morality in Media, Mr. Ogden has a long history of making “ACLU-minded” arguments in court cases involving obscene materials, harmful-to-minors materials, and child pornography. That in mind, he should withdraw his name and join Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson and several others on the list of presidential appointees gone bad.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, then-candidate Obama told a nationwide television audience watching the Saddleback Civil Forum Aug. 16 that curbing human trafficking must be “a top priority” and also told TIME (See “The Candidates of Faith”, Aug. 7, 2008) there are a “range of moral-values issues that must be addressed in our families, our communities…But we can’t just talk about ‘family values.’ We actually have to stand up for policies that value families.” As a U.S. Senator, he also co-sponsored the “Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2007.”
“Nominating David Ogden for such a high position in the Justice Department raises questions,” said MIM President Robert Peters, “about whether the new President means business about curbing sexual trafficking in women and children and other sexual exploitation of children and about standing up for policies that value families.
“It would be one thing if Ogden had represented pornographers or those defending pornography in one or two cases over a long distinguished legal career, but this man went into court over and over again to represent soft-core and hardcore pornographers and other smut peddlers.”
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