Federal magistrate wants judicial promotion but can't define 'she'

Federal magistrate wants judicial promotion but can't define 'she'

Pictured: Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn answers questions from Republican senators at a tense hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Federal magistrate wants judicial promotion but can't define 'she'

The nominee to be a federal district court judge in New York caught the attention of a pro-family organization after her transgender-affirming beliefs permitted a man convicted of violent sex crimes to enter a federal women’s prison.

In a list of seven nominees announced by the White House in April, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn was nominated to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York.

In a May hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans on the committee ripped into the judge for her order in 2022 that ignored the advice of the Federal Bureau of Prisons when she transferred a man convicted of rape and molestation.

“In your court, what matter’s more: the rights of individuals or your political ideology?” Sen. Ted Cruz asked.

“My political ideology doesn’t matter at all,” Judge Netburn replied.

“Okay, so I don’t believe you,” Cruz flatly told her.

Sen. Cruz went on to point out the male inmate had pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old female and a 9-year-old boy. When the judge confirmed that criminal record was accurate, she referred to him as a “she," because he identifies as a woman and has taken hormone treatments. 

In another exchange, Sen. Lindsey Graham pointed out the judge had filled out a written questionnaire by writing that people are “assigned a gender” at birth.

The reference to a newborn being “assigned a gender” is a standard phrase in transgender ideology and a tell-tale sign a person has embraced its biology-ignoring tenets.  

“Is it possible,” Sen. Grahm pressed, “to determine a person's sex by only analyzing their chromosomes?"

“I have never studied biology,” the federal judge replied, “and therefore I am unqualified to answer this question."

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Walker Wildmon, of AFA Action, says Judge Netburn's ideology was exposed in the Senate hearing. 

“This is a major, major problem,” he warns, “that we have people going to the federal judiciary that don’t even recognize biological realities."

Citing the nomination of Judge Netburn, Wildmon says AFA Action started the “Center for Judicial Renewal” over concern for the federal judicial system and “bad nominees” who should be kept far away from the federal bench.


Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.