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A Look At The Nominees

The 11 men and women President Bush is nominating for appellate court judgeships:

  • Terrence Boyle for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.: a district judge in North Carolina and a former aide to Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., whose nomination was blocked by Democrats during the first Bush administration.
  • Edith Brown Clement for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans: a district judge in New Orleans.
  • Deborah L. Cook for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati: an Ohio Supreme Court justice who was re-elected in November to a second six-year term on the state's highest court.
  • Miguel Estrada for the District of Columbia Circuit: a former assistant to the solicitor general and a law partner of Theodore B. Olson, the current president's nominee for solicitor general.
  • Roger Gregory for the 4th Circuit: a Clinton nominee who was blocked by Senate Republicans last year. Clinton gave him a one-year appointment to the appeals court, which expires at the end of the year. First black judge on the court that covers more minorities than any other in the nation.
  • Michael McConnell for the 10th Circuit in Denver: a University of Utah law professor who has an expertise in church-state disputes.
  • Priscilla Owen for the 5th Circuit: a Texas Supreme Court justice, who was the second woman elected to the state's high court; was re-elected to a second, six-year term last year.
  • Barrington Parker for the 2nd Circuit in New York: a district judge in New York appointed to the bench by former President Clinton. Parker, who is black, handled John Gotti Jr.'s plea deal and the Texaco race discrimination case.
  • John G. Roberts for the District of Columbia Circuit: former clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist whose earlier nomination was never acted on during the first Bush administration.
  • Dennis Shedd for the 4th Circuit: a district judge in Columbia, S.C., and former aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C.
  • Jeffrey Sutton for the 6th Circuit: a former Ohio solicitor general who pressed several states' rights cases against the federal government; was originally appointed by President Bush's father but never received a confirmation vote by the Senate.

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