September 13, 2010 2:23 PM

Commentary: Time to fill lower federal court vacancies

The federal courts recently passed a significant milestone when United States Circuit Judge Stanley Birch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit retired after two decades of dedicated service. Judge Birch's action meant that the bench has 101 vacancies out of the 858 appellate and district court judgeships. These vacancies, which are eleven percent of the positions, undercut the delivery of justice.

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