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Charles W. Pickering, Sr.

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Retired December 8, 2004

On October 30, 2003, the Senate Refused to Rubber-Stamp Pickering for Lifetime Judgeship, as the 54-43 vote fell six short of the 60 that would be needed to cut off an ongoing filibuster against this nomination. On January 16, 2004, President Bush evaded serious objections that blocked the Senate confirmation of Judge Charles Pickering, Sr. and gave him a recess appointment for one year to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  On December 8, 2004, Judge Pickering announced his retirement at the end of a one-year recess appointment.

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Bush Announces Plans to Renominate Blocked Judicial Candidates (12/23/04)
President chooses path of confrontation and gridlock

Statement by Senior Legislative Counsel Glenn Sugameli on Judge Pickering's Retirement Announcement (12/09/04)
Pickering ignores his ethical violations and anti-environmental activism

Recess Appointment Ignores Objections to Extreme Judicial Nominee (01/16/04)
Charles Pickering appointed to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Senate Refuses to Rubber-Stamp Pickering for Lifetime Judgeship (10/30/03)
Environmental groups oppose Pickering based on his extreme record

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Pickering (10/02/03)
Environmental and planning groups urge full Senate to block his confirmation

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