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A double standard on federal judicial appointments [Letter]

Courts and the JudiciaryU.S. Supreme CourtBarack ObamaJohn G. Roberts, Jr.

Given the money that you want readers to pay for digital access, perhaps you can hire an intern to do just a bit of research before you print typically slanted editorials like the recent one on President Obama's appointments to the federal bench ("Senate obstructionists run wild," Nov. 19).

To say that "obstruction has gotten out of hand, and the Democrats' failure to do anything about it makes them look weak" — especially in regard to filling seats in the D.C. Court of Appeals — is perfectly laughable.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is considered a springboard to the U.S. Supreme Court. That is why the Democrats blocked Miguel Estrada and four others (including eventual Chief Justice John Roberts) until either the Republicans took the Senate or until the "Gang of 14" deal was signed to clear some nominations in 2005.

When the Democrats wanted to keep qualified conservative candidates off the bench, The Sun kept quiet. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, moral outrage ensues.

Ira Malis, Baltimore

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