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Conservatives Fret Over 4th Circuit

Posted Jul 10, 2007 7:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The federal appeals court based in Richmond, Va., has long been viewed as a conservative bastion. But with four vacancies, that could change.

President Bush has not nominated anyone to fill those spots after withdrawing two controversial nominees, and energized Democrats could drag their feet when he finally acts, Legal Times reports.

Currently six judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were chosen by GOP presidents and five by Democrats. Two senior judges were also Republican picks.

Curt Levey, of the conservative Committee for Justice, told the legal newspaper that the White House needs to act soon.

"If they wait too long, they will miss an opportunity," he said.

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