Roberts Issues Call To Arms On Judicial Vacancies

Law360, New York (January 3, 2011, 1:34 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is calling on Congress to fix what he describes as urgent, long-term problems in the judicial confirmation process, the politicization of which has hamstrung federal benches nationwide and left fewer judges to tackle more cases.

In his 2010 year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary, released Dec. 31, Chief Justice Roberts cited the 97 currently unfilled seats on federal district and appellate benches as one of the toughest challenges in 2011, calling on the U.S. Senate to...
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