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Who’s Behind the Vacancies on the Federal Bench?

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by The Federalist Society
Posted December 15, 2010, 3:52 PM

Nathan Koppel at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog has a post today linking to conflicting accounts of why there are unfilled spaces on the federal bench. While both sides agree that federal court vacancies are being filled at a slow pace, President Obama and Democrats in the Senate blame Republicans for slowing down the confirmation process, and Senate Republicans blame the President for a slow pace in making nominations.

In an editorial today, the New York Times writes: "Because of Republican delaying tactics, qualified Obama nominees who have been reported out of the Judiciary Committee have been consigned to spend needless weeks and months in limbo, waiting for a vote from the full Senate." Meanwhile, Carrie Severino at National Review Online's Bench Memos says that the vacancy-filling problem stems from President Obama's pick of "deeply-flawed nominees."

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