Nashville Post Article on Puryear Nomination 2008
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Puryear's judicial bid takes another hit | Affairs of State | NashvillePost.... 1 of 2 http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2008/5/7/puryears_judicial_bid_tak... Puryear's judicial bid takes another hit Articles have Washington insiders saying Corrections Corp. general counsel should keep his day job By Ken Whitehouse 05-07-2008 11:13 AM — A series of articles by the New York Times have Washington, D.C. insiders saying that Gus Puryear should keep his day job. Puryear, executive vice president and general counsel for Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America, was nominated by President George W. Bush last year to serve on the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee. Since the nomination, Puryear has been attacked here and in Washington for everything from his handling of CCA legal matters, his membership in the Belle Meade Country Club, to his lack of experience outside of corporate law. Gus Puryear While the nomination of Puryear has not moved due to objections of U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein, he still has had hope of being confirmed to the bench. Now, a number of NashvillePost.com sources are saying that hope is even in more jeopardy. Democratic insiders in Washington contacted by NashvillePost.com say that what hope Puryear had was effectively killed by a series of articles published this week by the New York Times. Republican insiders acknowledge that the articles have made Puryear's bid "more complicated" and there is no momentum to push him forward at this time. While the articles don't mention Puryear by name, CCA is sharply criticized for their handling of the death of Boubacar Bah and the labeling of his inmate file as "proprietary information - not for distribution." Bah was 52-year-old tailor from Guinea who had overstayed a tourist visa. While incarcerated, Bah had fallen and hit his head and became incoherent. According to the NYT, "documents detail how he was treated by guards and government employees: shackled and pinned to the floor of the medical unit as he moaned and vomited, then left in a disciplinary cell for more than 13 hours, despite repeated notations that he was unresponsive and intermittently foaming at the mouth." He was eventually transported to a hospital, but his family was not notified of his whereabouts for five days. He died four months later. 5/7/2008 1:21 PM Puryear's judicial bid takes another hit | Affairs of State | NashvillePost.... 2 of 2 http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2008/5/7/puryears_judicial_bid_tak... The Times also ran an editorial on this matter yesterday. New 24-hour Fitness Club Located downtown Nashville Anything but your typical gym! www.goPerformanceandFitness.com Nashville Tutoring We Offer Tutors and Career Testing. Contact Us Today For More Info. thelearninglabinc.com Nashville'sBestFence Co. Spring Promo ! Any Style, Any Budget www.ArtDecko.net © 2008 NashvillePost.com | Powered by Sitemason 5/7/2008 1:21 PM