Sunday, May 15, 2005

Free the Judicial Hostages

The first step on the road back to a responsible judiciary is to confirm appellate judges who will uphold the rule of law. These judges will do that, which is exactly why Tom Daschle and his successors are so afraid of holding a vote on them.

Time for the Republican Senators to start acting like a majority party and govern. Here are the appellate nominees who have been denied a vote and the number of days for each since his/her initial nomination.

NomineeNominatedRenominatedDays in Limbo
Susan Bieke Neilson11/8/012/14/051283
Judge Terrence William Boyle5/9/012/14/051466
Richard Allen Griffin6/26/022/14/051053
Thomas B. Griffith5/10/042/14/05369
William Haynes9/29/032/14/05593
Brett Kavanaugh7/25/032/14/05 659
David W. McKeague11/08/01
2/14/05 1283
William G. Myers III5/15/03
Justice Priscilla Owen5/9/011/7/03, 2/14/05 1466
William H. Pryor, Jr.4/09/032/14/05766
Janice Rogers Brown7/25/032/14/05 659
Henry Saad11/8/012/14/05 1283

Original nomination dates from Independent Judiciary: The Nominees, except where linked elsewhere.
Days since nomination were calculated as of 5/15/05 with Microsoft Excel's "yearfrac" function and multiplied by 365.

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