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Defenders of Wildlife

Press Release

Vacancy Crisis Continues: Senate Votes on 10 Judicial Nominees Will Leave 17 Frozen, Including Most of Those Approved Unanimously in Committee

September 27, 2011


Glenn Sugameli, Staff Attorney, Judging the Environment

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Washington, DC--

The following statement is from Glenn Sugameli, who founded in 2001 and still heads the environmental community’s Judging the Environment project and website on federal judicial nominations and related issues:

“At last, a partial break in the deep freeze on U.S. Senate confirmations of judicial nominees will allow Floor votes to fill one Circuit Court of Appeals seat and nine district court judgeships.

“This agreement, however, unjustifiably leaves in limbo 17 judicial nominees awaiting votes, including most of those who were approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Senate Republican obstruction needlessly continues to prolong the judicial vacancy crisis by preventing votes, regardless of need, qualifications and bipartisan home-state Senator support.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, as current and future federal judicial vacancies have multiplied to more than 110, and “judicial emergencies declared by the U.S. Courts have soared from 20 to 35.

“Urgent health, safety, environmental and other cases require that judicial vacancies be filled now, as recognized by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, federal Chief Judges, the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and countless Editorials Boards and commentators from across the nation.”