March 1, 2010 1:06 PM

Commentary: Checking in on Fourth Circuit vacancies

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated, four of fifteen judgeships were open on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Thus, it was critical that the new administration and the 111th Senate promptly fill these vacancies because openings in a quarter of the judicial contingent impede appeals' swift, economical and fair disposition. Thirteen months later, it is fair to ask: How are the chief executive and the Senate doing? The answer is better than they were last autumn but not sufficiently well.

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