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Saturday, 18th September 2010

Alliance for Justice Report Analyzes Obama Administration Judicial Nominees and Glacial Pace of Senate Confirmations

Alliance for Justice Report Analyzes Obama Administration Judicial Nominees and Glacial Pace of Senate Confirmations
Source: Alliance for Justice

With President Barack Obama’s nominees for federal judgeships facing unprecedented hurdles in the United States Senate, Alliance for Justice has released a detailed analysis of the nature of the nominees themselves and the glacial pace at which they received final confirmation votes during the first 20 months of the Obama presidency.

AFJ’s State of the Judiciary report, The Obama Administration: The First 20 Months, uses statistical data and in-depth analysis to compare the record on judicial nominations in this administration with those of recent presidents. Among the results:

  • The rate at which President Obama’s nominees have been confirmed is significantly lower than it was for his five predecessors, both in aggregate numbers and in the percentage confirmed.
  • President Obama has seen a smaller percentage of his nominees confirmed at this point in his presidency than any president in American history.
  • The number of “judicial emergencies,” as defined by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, has dramatically risen from twenty at the beginning of the Obama term to forty-nine. Twenty-two states face this situation where there are not enough sitting judges to handle the case load and the judicial system faces serious delays.
  • President Obama’s nominees are the most diverse in American history. In fact, 44% of his nominees are female, doubling the rate of women appointed in the Bush Administration, and 44% are African-American, Hispanic, or Asian-American. Only 18% of George Bush’s appointees were non-white.

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