Washington, DC—Wade Henderson, Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, was on MSNBC’s ‘All In with Chris Hayes’ recently to discuss the nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
Henderson expressed areas he hopes are examined with scrutiny during Sen. Sessions’ nomination hearings.
“What I’d like to see Senator Sessions asked are his views about the Voting Rights Act, about wrongful prosecutions […], about problems with voter ID today, about problems with efforts to move polling places in states like Alabama, his very own state,” Henderson said.
Sen. Sessions has a long, sordid voting record that leaves many questioning his ability to lead the nation’s legal arm.
“I’d like to see him asked whether he can enforce statutes over which he has a hostility long established,” Henderson said. “For example, he has opposed the Violence Against Women Act, he has opposed the passage of the The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, he has opposed other statutes that he is responsible now for enforcing. We’d like to see questions asked about that.”
You can watch the full interview here: