Press Statement: GALEO releases statement on the news of denying Judge Dax Lopez the blue slip for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Press Statement: GALEO releases statement on the news of denying Judge Dax Lopez the blue slip for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 404.745.2580.
January 20, 2016  (Atlanta, GA) DeKalb County Judge Dax Lopez, was nominated by President Obama on July 30th, 2015 to be considered for a federal judge position.  If confirmed, he would have been the first Latino to become a federal judge out of Georgia, an historic nomination and a significant recognition of the growing diversity of our state.  Instead, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R – GA) denied to advance his nomination to the senate judiciary committee process.
Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, issued the following statement: “GALEO and the Latino community are deeply disappointed that such an honorable man would not get a fair hearing for consideration of judge. The Georgia community lost its opportunity to have a well-qualified judge with an outstanding record of being fair, efficient and with the utmost respect for the law. We view this rejection and the subsequent backlash of his nomination as part of a continued attempt to muffle the political voice of the Latino community. As our state’s diversity grows, we hope to work with our elected and appointed officials to cease these attempts and build bridges for the betterment of our state.”
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