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Attorney General Nathan and State Attorneys General Urge Senate to Retain a Fully Staffed DC Circuit and Vote on the President's Nominees

Monday, November 18, 2013

Contact: Ted Gest (202) 727-6283

District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan and the Attorneys General of 11 states today urged in a letter that the US Senate maintain the 11 judgeships on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and reject a proposal to eliminate three seats on the court. 

The letter from Attorney General Nathan and co-signed by the Attorneys General of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, and Washington State declared that, "There is no basis to reduce, much less slash, the number of judgeships on this Court," a "vital, understaffed court of national importance." The letter noted that "The DC Circuit's caseload is unique, heavily tilted toward complex administrative law cases." 

The Attorneys General also called for the Senate to vote promptly on President Obama’s three highly qualified pending nominees for vacancies on the court, as it did for DC Circuit nominees from former Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush.