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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - D.C. Court
Republican senators on Tuesday filibustered another of President Obama's nominees to the federal appeals court in Washington, escalating the battle over judges and leaving Democrats enraged and vowing to push again to change the chamber's rules.
Senate Republicans on Thursday filibustered one of President Obama's nominees to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, arguing that although the woman is well-qualified, confirmation would allow Democrats to shift the political balance to the left on the country's second most important court.
There was a deceptive lull in the undeclared war between President Obama and Republicans over judicial nominations when the Senate confirmed the president's first nominee to the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will push to confirm more judges to the federal appeals court in Washington after that court ruled this year that President Obama's broad use of recess appointment powers was unconstitutional.
The doctors evaluating Georgetown socialite Albrecht Muth told a D.C. Superior Court judge that they need more time and more information about the self-proclaimed "Count Albi" before they can determine whether he is competent to stand trial on charges of murdering his wife.
During the past three years, northern Columbia Heights resident Cecilia Jones estimates, she has tracked more than 1,200 criminal cases through the D.C. court system, but lenient jail sentences handed down in drug-related cases have frustrated her the most.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Monday that Texas' new voting maps for Congress and for the Texas House do not meet federal anti-discrimination requirements, setting up a legal battle that will decide the landscape of future elections in the state.