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Victor J. Wolski

United States Court of Federal Claims
Confirmed July 9, 2003

Victor J. Wolski

Victor Wolski was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which decides whether federal environmental and other laws result in constitutional takings. Mr. Wolski spent most of his legal career promoting the Pacific Legal Foundation's extreme "takings" challenges to environmental protections.

In 1999, he told National Journal that "every single job I've taken since college has been ideologically orientated, trying to further my principles - limited government, individual liberty and property rights." On July 9, 2003, the Senate confirmed his nomination on a 54-43 vote.

As of January 2006, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) had voted against confirmation of only one of 204 Bush judicial nominees approved by the Senate, according to David DiMartino, the senator's spokesman. That vote was directed at Victor Wolski of Virginia, who was confirmed as a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on a 54-43 count. Nelson had determined Wolski would be "an activist judge," DiMartino said.


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Extremist Judicial Nominee Passes on Largely Partisan Vote (07/09/03)
Victor Wolski's ideology makes him uniquely unqualified for the Court of Federal Claims

Judicial Nominee Called Unqualified and Unnecessary (07/07/03)
As a self-proclaimed ideologue on the issues he would decide, Victor Wolski is uniquely unqualified for the Court of Federal Claims

Senate Committee to Vote on Two More Controversial Judicial Nominees (03/26/03)
Victor Wolski, Priscilla Owen Slated for Vote Tomorrow (Thursday, March 27)

President Bush's Court-Packing Plan Continues with Two More Controversial Nominees Before Senate (03/12/03)
Victor Wolski, Justice Priscilla Owen scheduled for hearings

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