Pickering Shares Confirmation Experience

By: Pamela Weaver, WDAM-TV
By: Pamela Weaver, WDAM-TV

Judge Charles Pickering was appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a recess appointment by President Bush, after years of battling senators over his confirmation. Pickering has now written a book about his experience.

At Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., Judge Charles Pickering offered powerful insight into his fight for judicial confirmation.

"I think Christians don't realize what this battle is all about. I think that a lot of people will find it to be an eye opener," said Pickering.

Pickering released "Supreme Chaos," his thoughts and ideals on what is wrong with the entire judicial confirmation process, and he touches on what he believes was a crusade against his appointment.

"You didn't like to have other people think things about you that are not good. You know, the political people, there was nothing I could do. They were going to say ugly things and they were going to think what they think, but it's the average American that heard those stories and believed them, particularly the African-American community," said Pickering.

"Supreme Chaos" is just the tip of the iceberg. The former Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge says his next book will offer more of his personal opinions and feelings about senators who tried to smear his name.

"One of the things people ask me, 'Did it not bother you that people were saying things about you that were not true?' My response was it would have bothered me a lot more if they had been true," Pickering said. "We're involved in a cultural war. It is a war for the heart, souls, and minds of the American people."

Pickering's next book is due out sometime between October 2006 and March 2007.


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