Increasing Senate Scrutiny of Lower Federal Court Nominees
Judicature, Vol. 80, pp. 274-278, May-June 1997
5 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2009
Date Written: June 8, 2009
The authors argue that institutional changes in the recruitment, nomination, and confirmation of lower federal court nominees has led to increased scrutiny of these nominations. Examining data from 1969 to 1995, they found that lower federal court nominations were easily and routinely confirmed during the Nixon and Ford presidencies, even though both Presidents faced divided government and increased distrust in their presidencies due to Watergate. However, the authors are among the first to note that lower federal court nominations have become increasingly more salient and contentious since. They discover that most nominations are confirmed, but that political delay of these nominations began during the Carter years before becoming more contentious during the Clinton years.
Keywords: Judicial Selection, federal, lower court nominees, delay, confirmation, nominations, judicial independence,
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