Project 21 Press Release: Black Group Praises Recess Appointment of Judge Charles Pickering

Members of the Project 21 African-American leadership network praised President George W. Bush for his recess appointment of Judge Charles Pickering to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pickering, who was originally nominated in May of 2001, has over 40 years of judicial experience. During his legal career, he testified against the Ku Klux Klan, defended black clients during the Jim Crow era and helped set up the Institute of Racial Reconciliation at Ole Miss.

“President Bush should be commended for the courage that he has shown with Judge Pickering’s appointment,” said Project 21 National Advisory Board member Horace Cooper. “Throughout his distinguished career, Judge Pickering has shown himself to be a man of both professional and personal integrity. He’s committed to equal opportunity and the rule of law. We need more judges who understand their role to interpret the law, not to rewrite it.”

Project 21 has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106 or [email protected], or visit Project 21’s website at

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