Having thrown in the towel on ever winning confirmation of Terrence W. Boyle and William J. Haynes II to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 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 4th Circuit, considered the most conservative circuit in the country, currently has three vacancies and will add another when Chief Judge William W. Wilkins Jr. takes senior status on July 1, opening a new seat.

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