Pickering signs copies of his latest book on judicial confirmation process

Judge Charles Pickering's failed struggle for confirmation for a position on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is the centerpiece of a new book written by the judge.  A Price Too High: The Judiciary in Jeopardy, is the story of Judge Pickering's 4-year odyssey through the often-contenious, Senate confirmation process.

Pickering was never confirmed, but he did serve 11 months on the Court of Appeals as a recess appointment by President Bush.  Tonight, Judge Pickering signed copies of the book at Hattiesburg's Main Street Books.

"Abortion was the engine that drove the opposition," said Judge Pickering.

"They were so determined to keep the right to abortion on demand, that they were willing to destroy reputations and people," Pickering said.

Judge Pickering has written 1 other book on the subject.  It's called, Supreme Chaos: The Politics of Judicial Confirmation & The Culture War.