Politics & Government

January 1, 2011

Chief Justice Roberts urges approval of judicial nominees

Without naming names or casting blame, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. called on Republicans and Democrats Friday to put aside their differences and move more quickly to approve qualified nominees to be federal judges. Currently, about 110 judgeships — about one in eight in the federal judiciary — are vacant, and the Senate approved only 60 of President Barack Obama's court nominees in the past two years. That was the lowest total for a new president in four decades.

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