In the Senate's judge-picking war, it's lately been the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals where the battle lines are most closely drawn. Awaiting confirmation is Department of Defense counsel William Haynes II, whose tenure at DOD includes controversial policies on detainees and torture. Another slot on the court has been vacant for almost six years. And with the May resignation of the circuit's intellectual star, Judge J. Michael Luttig, a squabble is brewing over which state will lay claim to the seat.
Partisan, Territorial Spats Plague 4th Circuit
July 5, 2006