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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Carl Tobias
In an abrupt about-face, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Tuesday he's donating $18,000 to charity as reimbursement for gifts he received from a wealthy businessman — a gamble he hopes will put behind him a scandal that has weighed on his gubernatorial campaign.
Virginia's gubernatorial candidates attacked each other's ethics, experience and intentions Saturday during a first debate that was marked by several sharp — and personal — exchanges.
A backlog of judicial vacancies at federal courts is straining the nation's justice system — delaying trials, increasing workloads for judges and posing a disincentive for talented lawyers from pursuing careers on the bench, legal analysts say.
President Obama already has sketched out a left-leaning legal agenda for his second term on issues such as gun control, climate change and gay rights, but he is falling far short in nominating the judges to help him uphold it.
In proposing sweeping gun regulations Wednesday, President Obama said there are limits to gun owners' constitutional rights when the health and safety of the public are threatened.
Mr. Tobias said the "bottlenecks" over judicial confirmations are likely to continue as Republicans use other tactics to block Mr. Obama's nominees and force him to choose candidates who are more to their liking.
"I think they see the door closing," said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond Law School. "They would like it to be more balanced."