October 6, 2009
Judicial Nominations for the Federal Courts
From a White House Press Release:
Today, President Obama nominated Judge Denny Chin for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Judge Chin currently serves as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Thompson currently serves as an Associate Justice on the Rhode Island Superior Court.
but there is some belief that Obama needs to "pick up the pace." As the Alliance for Justice reports in its factsheet, "As of September 15th, 2009, President Obama has nominated judges for 8 of 21 vacant circuit courts of appeal seats," and "nominated judges for 9 of 72 vacant district court seats." This is compared with George W. Bush on September 15, 2001: 23 nominations for 34 vacant circuit court seats, and 30 of 81 vacant district court seats. As Alliance for Justice calculates: On the Circuit Court level, the discrepancy in nomination rates between President Bush and President Obama is 23 to 8, or a difference of 68% to 38%; and on the district court level, the discrepancy in nomination rates between President Bush and President Obama is 30 to 9, or a difference of 37% to 13%.
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