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Saad Withdraws

Associated Press

Saad withdraws name for seat on 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

3/23/2006, 2:33 p.m. ET

By KEN THOMAS

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad has withdrawn his nomination to the federal appeals court, ending a long quest to be seated on the bench amid a partisan fight over judicial appointments.

Saad, of Bloomfield Hills, was nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals four times, most recently in 2005, but a Senate agreement reached last May made no commitment to ending the filibuster blocking his nomination. He had been opposed by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

Saad, 57, informed the White House on Wednesday that he was withdrawing his nomination, said Michigan Republican Party spokeswoman Sarah Anderson. A message seeking comment was left with a White House spokesman.

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