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A Court in Need



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The Washington Post is calling for Senate confirmation of Bush nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

No federal appeals court is more in need of help than the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The court hears cases from federal trial courts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas, and it handles a disproportionate share of important appeals in terrorism cases. When fully staffed, the court has 15 active judges; currently, it has five open seats. Of these vacancies, three are considered judicial emergencies because the seats have been open for at least 18 months.

The editorial rightly criticizes President Bush for undue tardiness in naming qualified nominees for the court, but goes on to call for quick action on several of the President’s picks.



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