Parties battle over federal judges
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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2002

President Bush and Republicans attacked Democrats on Thursday for not confirming appointees to the federal bench fast enough.

Democrats responded that they were approving Bush's nominees at a faster rate than was given to President Bill Clinton. But they are also slowing down nominees they see as too conservative and have not held hearings for them.

Included is John G. Roberts Jr., named to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals a year ago. He fought Alaska Native sovereignty in the Venetie case and defended the state of Hawaii's Native Hawaiian programs in Rice v. Cayetano.

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President Urges Senate to Act on Judicial Vacancy Crisis (The White House 5/9)
Party Leaders Clash in Capitol Over Pace of Filling Judgeships (The New York Times 5/10)
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Get the Alaska v. Venetie Case:
Syllabus | Opinion

Get the Rice v. Cayetano Case:
Syllabus | Opinion | Concurrence Dissent (Stevens) | Dissent (Ginsburg)

Nominee Background:
Bush Nominees to Federal Bench (The Washington Post 5/9)

Relevant Links:
District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals -
Hogan & Hartson -
Native Hawaiians, Department of Interior -
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