WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Senate confirmed two of President Obama's controversial nominees for the Justice Department Thursday -- one who had in the past represented pornography clients and the other who had represented the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman at the heart of a lengthy legal battle in Florida.
The Senate confirmed David Ogden by a 65-28 vote for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 spot in the Justice Department. Ogden's ties to porn clients had drawn criticism from social conservatives.
The Senate also confirmed Thomas Perrelli for associate attorney general, the No. 3 position in the department, on a 72-20 vote. Perrelli was part of the legal team that successfully represented Schiavo's husband in his attempt to have his brain-damaged wife taken off a feeding tube to hasten her death. The case drew national attention.
Social conservatives had mounted opposition to both nominees, particularly Ogden. The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed him along a 14-5 vote in late February but only after several senators expressed concern about his past representation of several clients. Among them, Ogden:
-- filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the ACLU and two other groups in the early 1990s arguing that a child pornographer had been improperly prosecuted.
-- submitted a friend-of-the-court brief earlier this decade for more than a dozen library directors, urging the overturning of a law that required porn-blocking Internet filters be placed on public library computers if the libraries receive federal funds. Read More