Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Confirm Judicial Nominees

Confirm Them points us to a chart of federal judicial vacancies. Notice that the following district court nominees have been pending since early last year:

Sheridan, Peter G. - nominated to the New Jersey District on 2/14/05,
Ludington, Thomas L. - nominated to the Eastern District of Michigan on 2/14/05, and
Cox, Sean F. - nominated to the Eastern District of Michigan on 2/14/05.

The following appellate court nominees have also been pending since early last year:

Boyle, Terrence W. - nominated to the Fourth Circuit on 2/14/05,
Saad, Henry W. - nominated to the Sixth Circuit on 2/14/05, and
Myers III, William Gerry nominated to the Ninth Circuit on 2/14/05.

Boyle would be a good candidate for a confirmation vote. As Bench Memos (hat tip to Confirm Them) reminds us, Boyle was first nominated for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 9, 1991 by the Pres. George H.W. Bush. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), then chairman of the Judiciary Committee, blocked a hearing on Boyle's nomination.

Pres. George W. Bush nominated Boyle again on May 9, 2001. Sen. John Edwards blocked any consideration of Boyle's nomination. Boyle did not receive a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee until March 3, 2005, after Edwards had left the Senate. On June 16, 2005, the committee voted 10-8 along party lines to send Boyle's nomination to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. The ABA gave Boyle its highest rating of "well qualified".

Enough time has passed. Every member of the Senate knows how he or she will vote on Boyle. The Senate has no reason to delay the vote on Boyle's nomination any longer.

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