Judge William H. Pryor Jr. sits lawfully on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court ruled Thursday. Noting that more than 300 recess appointments have occurred since George Washington was president, the court rejected litigants' contention that President George W. Bush exceeded his authority by appointing the controversial judge during a congressional recess. Pryor's nomination was one of the most contentious in recent history, with Democrats blocking a full Senate vote on the matter.
11th Circuit OKs Pryor's Appointment
October 15, 2004