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Wendy Vitter refuses comment on school desegregation opinion

Posted: 3:19 PM, Apr 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-12 16:19:11-04

At a hearing on Wednesday, Wendy Vitter, one of President Trump’s judicial nominees, refused to say whether a landmark civil rights case was decided correctly by the Supreme Court. 

Vitter, the wife of former Louisiana Senator David Vitter, said during her confirmation hearing that she could not comment on the decision in Brown v. the Board of Education, according to CNN. Brown v. Board decision held that state laws requiring separate but equal schools violated the Constitution. 

According to CNN, Vitter’s apprehension was about commenting on Supreme Court decisions.

"I don’t mean to be coy, but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with," she said. 

ABC reports that Vitter did later clarify during the nomination hearing that “yes,” she believes segregating schools by race is immoral.

Vitter has been nominated by President Trump for a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, which is the New Orleans district. CNN reported that during Vitter’s hearing, she did emphasize that if confirmed, she’d set aside "personal, religious or political views" and she would be bound by Supreme Court precedent.

Vitter is not the only nominee to decline giving opinions on already decided cases. To read more on those and more from Vitter’s hearing, click here .