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Bush Withdraws Nomination For US Federal Appeals Court January 17, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Judiciary, Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday withdrew a controversial federal appeals court nominee, a nod to the Senate’s new Democratic leadership.

Bush had just resubmitted Norman Randy Smith of Idaho to the Senate last week for a seat on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. At the time, Bush also withdrew four nominees.

Bush sent Smith’s name to the Senate in December 2005, again last August, before his original nomination expired, and again in November, as required after Congress goes on an extended break.

Smith has been part of a group that Democrats, then in the minority but with the ability to block nominations, branded too conservative for the federal bench.

Last February, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., blocked a vote on Smith, saying the nomination would give Idaho undue weight on the West’s top appellate court. California has 36 million people, compared with 1.5 million in Idaho.

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