Judicial nominee hit on civil rights
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MAY 18, 2001

Liberal groups are criticizing the civil rights record of Terrence W. Boyle, President Bush's nominee to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Currently a judge in federal court in North Carolina, Boyle was part of a panel which found that a heavily minority congressional district was unconstitutional because it was drawn based on race. The Supreme Court, however, has twice overruled Boyle and his colleagues and has held that politics were the motivation behind the district's boundaries.

Boyle also refused to ratify a sex discrimination settlement the state of North Carolina made with female prison guards. The 4th Circuit, however, reversed the ruling.

Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) has convinced the White House to interview another North Carolina judge who had been nominated by the elder President Bush for the 4th Circuit or for a spot in federal court.

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