Pickering's chief promoter was Senator Trent Lott, who left in an uproar as Republican leader over remarks that supported Strom Thurmond's segregationalist presidential ticket of 1948.
The decision to re-nominate Pickering is causing some to question the administration's commitment to civil rights. It also raises issues of how we go about filling judgeships.
Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel for Judicial Watch
Randall Kennedy, law professor at Harvard Law School
Michael Mills, United States District Court Judge, Oxford, Mississippi
Elizabeth Cavendish, legal director for NARAL Pro-Choice America
This program aired on January 8, 2003.