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109 Days

By Ian Millhiser  

"109 Days"


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That’s how long Judge Stephen Higginson, who was just confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals to the Fifth Circuit, had to wait for a confirmation vote by the full Senate after his nomination was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Higginson, who is a former Supreme Court clerk with 23 years of experience as a prosecutor and was supported by ultraconservative Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), was confirmed 88-0. That is, of course, after the Senate had to spend more than three and a half months delaying this unanimous vote.

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