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Chief Justice Wants Solution to Slow Confirmation Process

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by The Federalist Society
Posted January 03, 2011, 3:04 PM

The Blog of Legal Times reports that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary Friday that Congress and the President should come together to solve the "persistent problem" of confirming federal judges. Though he was "heartened" by the numerous confirmations that occurred the week before, Chief Justice Roberts wrote that "Each political party has found it easy to turn on a dime from decrying to defending the blocking of judicial nominations, depending on their changing political fortunes."

The Senate in the 111th Congress confirmed judges for sixty appellate and district court vacancies and did not give a yes-or-no vote to nineteen nominees. You can read the report here.

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