Thursday, June 09, 2005

Once again, his name isn't 'William'

Bill Pryor got some job security today.

The U.S. Senate confirmed the former Alabama attorney general for a permanent seat on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a 53-45 vote. Pryor has been on the court since President Bush put him on the bench with a recess appointment in February 2004, and he was the last of the three appellate court nominees to get a confirmation vote under last month's nuclear option compromise.

Pryor's final vote was closer than those for the other two nominees in the compromise, Janice Rogers Brown and Priscilla Owen, which seems odd because he arguably was the least controversial of the three. Also today, two 6th Circuit nominees, Richard Griffin and David McKeague, sailed to unanimous confirmation.

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