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October 2, 2009

"Obama moving slowly on judges"

The title of this post is the headline of this new AP article.  Here are the basics:

Eight months into office, President Barack Obama is moving far more slowly than his predecessor to fill federal court vacancies, leaving liberals waiting for the judiciary to tilt to the left....

As of Oct. 1, Obama has submitted only eight nominees to fill 20 current appeals court vacancies. During his first full eight months in office, former President George W. Bush had nominations for filling 23 of 34 vacancies, according to figures compiled by the Alliance for Justice, a liberal court-watching group.

Obama has nominated only 10 people for 75 currently vacant district court judgeships. At this time in his first term, Bush had sent the Senate 32 district judge nominees for 81 then-vacant seats.

For sentencing fans, this is quite significant because the attitudes and approaches of lower federal judges are profoundly important on a range of still-open Booker issues and lots of other (old and newly emerging) constitutional sentencing issues. 

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I don't know what's holding him back. I hear Van Jones is looking for work, along with a few ACORN "progressives."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 2, 2009 4:14:22 PM

considering that you have 60 votes in the Senate, and the midterm elections are in 13 months, you might want to get things in gear now, huh?? I mean you don't necessarily need to cram nominees through at breackneck pace, but can we at least keep up with recent historical practice?

Posted by: Slightly impatient | Oct 2, 2009 5:52:14 PM

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