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“Statistical Judo”: The Rhetoric Of Senate Inaction In The Judicial Appointment Process, E. Stewart Moritz Jan 2006

“Statistical Judo”: The Rhetoric Of Senate Inaction In The Judicial Appointment Process, E. Stewart Moritz

Akron Law Publications

This article first briefly summarizes the issues that arise in the lower-court judicial confirmation process, and examines how the issues differ from those that arise during the confirmation of Supreme Court justices. The article considers constitutionally-based differences as well as practical differences in Senate and Executive behavior that have developed during more than two centuries of judicial confirmations.

The body of the article offers a chronological history and critique of the rhetoric of both Republican and Democratic senators in discussing lower-court confirmations during the 107th Congress. This congressional session, spanning the years 2001 to 2002, was a particularly interesting one ...