BUSH MAKES 2nd RECESS APPOINTMENT, NAMES PRYOR TO 11th CIRCUIT.President Bush made his second recess federal judicial appointment late Feb. 20, naming Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor Jr. to the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals while Congress.
Like the Jan. 16 recess appointment A recess appointment occurs when the President of the United States fills a vacant Federal position during a recess of the United States Senate. The commission or appointment must be approved by the Senate by the end of the next session, or the position becomes vacant again. of Judge Charles W. Pickering Charles Willis Pickering, Sr. (born May 29, 1937) is a retired American judge.
He received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1959, and a LL.B. also from the University of Mississippi in 1961. of Mississippi to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Bush's decision was announced late on a Friday evening, before Congress returns, and the candidate was sworn in later the same night.
Bush's action was seen as helping his presidential candidacy with the religious right - Pryor is a Catholic who personally opposes abortion although he says he would apply the law - but Sen. John Kerry Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. (D-MA), the front-running Democratic candidate, said the move would help Kerry by bringing home to voters how Bush has tried to politicize po·lit·i·cize
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To engage in or discuss politics.
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He criticized the appointment as "yet another action to diminish his credibility with the American people An American people may be:
The ranking member In United States politics, the ranking member or ranking minority member is a member of a congressional committee from the minority party, frequently the member with the highest seniority. of the Senate Judiciary Committee The U.S. Senate established the Committee on the Judiciary on December 10, 1816, as one of the original 11 standing committees. It is also one of the most powerful committees in Congress; among its wide range of jurisdictions is investigation of federal judicial nominees and oversight of , Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), issued a statement with similar criticisms.
"Judicial activists like Mister Pryor are committed to an ideological agenda that puts corporate interests over the public's interests and that would roll back the hard-won rights of consumer, minorities, women and Americans with disabilities Americans with disabilities comprise one of the largest minority groups in the United States. According to the Disability Status: 2000 - Census 2000 Brief , approximately 20% of Americans have one or more diagnosed psycho-physical disability. ," he said.
Both Republicans and Democrats saw the action as an attempt by Bush, who has been under attack from the conservative wing of his party over his budget and immigration policy, to energize en·er·gize
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1. To give energy to; activate or invigorate: "His childhood his conservative base.
The move came after Kentucky Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler defeated Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr Nov. 17 for a congressional seat by 12 percentage points, a clear sign support for Bush at the local level is not as strong as it was a few months ago.
Another indication the voters are getting energized, but not by Bush, came among the independents and conservatives who voted in the Nov. 17 Wisconsin presidential primary.
According to exit polls, 40 percent of the independents voted for Sen. John Edwards (D-MA), a plaintiffs' attorney, compared with 28 percent for Kerry, and 44 percent of the Republicans voted for Edwards compared with 30 percent for Kerry. Kerry, however, captured 48 percent of the Democratic vote compared with 31 percent for Edwards.
The surprisingly close second-place showing by Edwards increased his odds for a shot at the presidency and, alternatively, to be on the ballot as the Democrat's vice presidential candidate.
Bush's recess appointment of Pryor, however, could be what he needs to get conservatives actively supporting him again, particularly in Alabama, where Pryor is from, and in California, home to two of the three still-blocked nominees: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, who has been nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court Justice Janice R. Brown, who has been nominated to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Brown also is expected to capture votes for Bush in Alabama because she is an African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. whose parents were sharecroppers on an Alabama farm.
The remaining blocked nominee is Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla R. Owen to the Fifth Circuit.
All three blocked nominees are women opposed to abortion.
The recess appointments of Pickering and Pryor last only until the second session of the 108th Congress adjourns in January 2005, rather than a lifetime appointment a federal judge receives if the nomination is approved by the Senate.