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  4 Nominees To Appeals Courts Are Dropped (32 Appointments Re-Sent to Senate)
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateThursday, January 11, 2007 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
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"The Bush administration officially withdrew four of its most controversial nominations to the federal appellate bench yesterday, bowing to the political reality of a Senate Judiciary Committee under the control of Democrats who show no inclination to confirm them.

Signaling at the same time that President Bush is committed to placing more conservatives on the bench, the White House renominated 32 other federal judicial candidates that the previous Senate did not confirm. Bush also nominated a previous candidate for a federal district court to fill one of the four appellate positions.

Those withdrawn yesterday included Defense Department general counsel William J. Haynes II, nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which covers Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas; U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, also nominated for the 4th Circuit; and former Interior Department solicitor William G. Myers III, nominated for the 9th Circuit, which covers seven Western states, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

The fourth nominee withdrawn, Mississippi lawyer Michael B. Wallace, had announced in December that he was no longer seeking to become a 5th Circuit appellate judge, with jurisdiction over Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. White House officials said Leslie H. Southwick, a former Mississippi state appeals judge and chairman of the state's Bush-Quayle steering committee in 1988, will be nominated to fill the slot Wallace had sought."
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