Amid the clamor over a Virginian's nomination to a seat traditionally held by a Marylander, President Bush's failure to consult the state's Democratic representatives, and the threat of a filibuster, little attention has been paid to Claude Allen's qualifications for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If Allen makes it through confirmation, he will bring to the bench the skills of a political and bureaucratic veteran, but almost no practical legal experience.
Lost in the Mix: Who Is Claude Allen?
November 5, 2003