Bench Memos

Clarification on Bush Appointees

In my post last week on “What the November Elections Mean for the Federal Courts of Appeals,” I stated, “As things now stand, President Obama has appointed exactly the same number of federal appellate judges—52—as President George W. Bush appointed in his first six years.” I inadvertently included in the Bush total his short-term recess appointment of Charles Pickering. Bush’s six-year total for confirmed federal appellate judges was 51.

Also, since the time of that post, the Senate has confirmed Obama’s nomination of Jill Pryor to the Eleventh Circuit. So that puts Obama ahead of Bush 53 to 51.

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