Opinion

November 16, 2009

Commentary: Confirming Judge Hamilton for the Seventh Circuit

When Barack Obama became President in January, the United States Courts of Appeals experienced openings in fourteen of their 179 judgeships. The new administration realized that swiftly filling these openings was critical and applied specific measures to facilitate appointments, vowing to end the "confirmation wars" that have plagued selection. Thus, President Obama exercised special care to insure that his first nominee, U.S. District Judge David Hamilton of Indiana, was extremely qualified. Despite these efforts, numerous Senate Republicans have opposed Judge Hamilton. It is crucial that the Senate confirm Judge Hamilton on Tuesday, as this date is the eight-month anniversary of his nomination.

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