Posted: 2:29 pm Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Mike Boggs grilled over vote against changing state flag 

By Jim Galloway

Seven Georgians nominated to spots on the federal bench by the Obama administration went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

State Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, up for a federal district judgeship, received the harshest grilling, in large part for his 2001 vote against removing the 1956-era state flag with its Confederate battle emblem.

Below is the video of that portion:

Our AJC colleague Bill Rankin has this:

Boggs was questioned repeatedly about his support for anti-abortion measures, his vote opposing the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag and his support for an amendment banning same-sex marriage while a state legislator in the early 2000s. But he repeatedly said his would not let his Christian faith or personal views influence his decisions as a judge.

“It wouldn’t implicate my decision-making at all,” Boggs said.

On his support of the amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Boggs acknowledged that was his “personal opinion” at the time and the will of his constituents. “My position on that … may or may not have changed since that time, as many people’s have over the past decade,” he added.

On his vote against removing the Confederate battle emblem, Boggs said he followed his constituents’ wishes because they supported having a referendum to decide what Georgia’s flag should look like.

Boggs said he was “offended” by the Confederate emblem on the flag and knew it was a reminder of the institution of slavery and was used by hate groups that espoused “overt racism.” He said he agonized over the issue and voted against his personal conscience when voting against the emblem’s removal.

“I’m glad the flag was changed,” Boggs said. “It reflected something Georgia could do better with.”

18 comments
GB101
GB101

Why do newspapers always use the phrase "battle emblem"?  No one really calls it that.  The emblem itself is the St. Andew's Cross.  The particular design of the cross, in this instance, is the form used on various Confederate flags.  Often flags with this design are called "the battle flag."  But no one outside the newspaper business ever uses the phrase "battle emblem."  

Jke
Jke

My attorney friends say has been a tough inquisitor on the bench, both in the trial and appellate court.  So he must have appreciated how that feels.


It's good he got hard questions--the Senators can now make their decisions, preordained as they are.  His answers made no difference in how they intended to vote.      

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

The flag we have NOW closely resembles the 1st flag of the Confederacy.  (Not the battle flag)  This was George Purdue's carrot while running for Gov "We will Change the Flag"  I think many that voted for him thought the battle flag would be back --- boy he fooled them.

AvailableName
AvailableName

Judge Boggs supports the new flag but "may or may not" believe it's okay to discriminate against gay folks.  So if disclosure helps him, flag good, he does; but, if disclosure would hurt him, gays bad, he keeps his mouth shut.  I suggest that belies his assurance that his religious and personal views will not "implicate" his decisions.

Andy123
Andy123

A flag never hurt anyone just like his vote didn't hurt anyone.  This is old news just like its old news about that dead Democrat Senator in WVA being a Grand Wizard or whatever he was. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

So Boggs voted the way his constituents wanted him to vote regarding the flag. Would he also vote for slavery if his constituents thought he should?

JackClemens
JackClemens

@NWGAL  No, he wouldn't. I know Mike's family and he's a conservative guy, just like most folks raised in and around Waycross, or most places in Georgia. I hate to see him raked over the coals, but he can handle it. The flag vote/slavery comparison is really dumb by the way.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@JackClemens @NWGAL  


I agree with NWGAL. That flag is the embodiment of white supremacy.  It has nothing to do with heritage..it is a celebration of treason and hate.

NWGAL
NWGAL

The Confederate flag and slavery are our equivalent of the swastika and the gas chambers of The Third Reich. Flag and regime Intertwined in meaning, in infamy.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

They were citizens of the US until the betrayed their country, joined the terrorist organization called the Confederacy, then waged war against the US. Even Davis and Lee were indicted for treason, there was great debate about charging the rest of the Confederate armed forces with treason, but they cases were dropped in favor of reconstruction.

And yes...we all know own Washington and his contemporaris committed treason...or did they? What if we just pretend what they did wasn't treason because they were no longer citizens of Britain?

Also the causes w ed e different. The American revolutionaries were heroes (they fought for liberty and democracy), the Confederacy was the enemy (they fought for slavery and oligarchy).

GB101
GB101

@Baumer_1 @GB101 @JackClemens @NWGAL  What happened?  My comment did not appear when I pushed Post comment.  I will try again.


When the men in the Confederate forces were at war with the United States they were not citizens of the United States.  


But let's get back to G. Washington.  Was he a traitor?

GB101
GB101

@Baumer_1 @GB101 @JackClemens @NWGAL  When the men in the armed forces of the Confederacy were at war against the United States they were not citizens of the United States.  

Gun Toting Liberal
Gun Toting Liberal

@Baumer_1

At the very least all those that held Commissions in the U.S Army prior to 1861 were guilty of Treason.  

Gun Toting Liberal
Gun Toting Liberal

@Baumer_1


Interestingly enough, the "Confederate Battle Emblem" was added to the Flag AFTER the Brown v Board of Ed Decision. 

No racism there....

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@GB101 @Baumer_1 @JackClemens @NWGAL  


Article III of the US Constitution defines treason as a US citizen waging war against the United States. The confederacy did just that...they committed treason.

GB101
GB101

@Baumer_1 @JackClemens @NWGAL  It was not treason.  States were the sovereign entities.  Sovereigns don't rebel or commit treason.  If you want to name a traitor or a rebel, you can start with a fella named Washington.

GB101
GB101

@NWGAL  This is an absurd comparison.  You should read a little more about the Third Reich and American history.