Earlier today, Alliance for Justice released a new report, The State of the Judiciary: The Obama Administration 2009. The report examines President Obama’s judicial nominations during his first year in office, detailing how Republican Senators obstructed almost every nominee in 2009 with anonymous holds or threatened filibusters, regardless of any purported controversy over a nominee’s background.
Ultimately, only three Court of Appeals judges and nine District Court judges were confirmed, leaving 101 vacancies.
It is critical that these judicial vacancies are filled as quickly as possible, so that Americans may obtain justice from our courts in a timely manner. Since the beginning of 2010, the White House has made six additional nominations to the Court of Appeals and 17 additional District Court nominations. The Senate should quickly confirm the pending nominees without holding them hostage to partisan games.
The entire report, which includes a review of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals, may be accessed by clicking here.