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Top 10 Appeals Court Nominees Needing Quick Confirmation

Ten of President Bush’s 2007 Circuit Court of Appeals nominees have yet to be confirmed by the Democrat-controlled Senate — in fact, most of them have not even had hearings yet. Seven of the 10 nominations are to fill spots that have been declared “judicial emergencies.” A judicial emergency is defined by Justice as “any vacancy in a court of appeals where adjusted filings per panel are in excess of 700 or any vacancy in existence more than 18 months where adjusted filings are between 500 and 700 per panel.”

1. Robert J. Conrad, Jr.
— Nominated to: Fourth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: July 17, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

2. Rod J. Rosenstein
— Nominated to: Fourth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: Nov. 15, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

3. Raymond M. Kethledge
— Nominated to: Sixth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: March 19, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

4. Stephen Joseph Murphy, III
— Nominated to: Sixth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: March 19, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

5. Shalom D. Stone
— Nominated to: Third Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: July 17, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

6. Catharina Haynes
— Nominated to: Fifth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: July 17, 2007
— Hearing Date: Feb. 21, 2008

7. William E. Smith
— Nominated to: First Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: Yes
— Nomination Date: Dec. 6, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

8. Peter D. Keisler
— Nominated to: District of Columbia Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: No
— Nomination Date: Jan. 9, 2007
— Hearing Date: Aug. 1, 2006 (Date of original hearing during the 109th Congress in connection with previous nomination)

9. Steve A. Matthews
— Nominated to: Fourth Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: No
— Nomination Date: Sept. 6, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

10. Gene E. K. Pratter
— Nominated to: Third Circuit
— Judicial Emergency: No
— Nomination Date: Nov. 15, 2007
— Hearing Date: None

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