Bench Memos

It’s About Time

Today President Bush sent the Senate two nominations for the Fourth Circuit:

E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, vice H. Emory Widener, Jr., retired.

Steve A. Matthews, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, vice William W. Wilkins, Jr., retired.

Too many vacancies unfilled for too long.  Let’s hope for prompt action by the Senate, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Matthew J. Franck — Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey.

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