Having thrown in the towel on ever winning confirmation of Terrence W. Boyle and William J. Haynes II to the 4th Circuit, President George W. Bush could find five vacancies on the 15-judge court by July 1 and a Democratic Senate slow to fill them. The vacancies on the 4th Circuit, considered the most conservative circuit in the country, exemplify the long-running political tug-of-war over judicial nominees, with the oldest judicial vacancy in the nation, dating back 13 years.
A Third of 4th Circuit Seats Could Be Vacant
The National Law Journal
February 12, 2007