Judicial Confirmation Process In Need Of Makeover

Law360, New York (October 19, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT) -- Do away with hearings. Set up a Blue Ribbon panel. Start rejecting nominees if they won't answer questions. Let the lawyers ask the questions.

The ideas for how to revamp the confirmation process for federal judicial nominees run the gamut, but as the U.S. Senate awaits nominations for several open positions on the district and circuit court benches, many lawyers agree: The process could use a little help.

“On one level, it's the way the Constitution envisions the process working, and there have been fights over...
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