Friday, October 15, 2004
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Pryor's Recess Appointment Ruled Legal by 11th Circuit

The "conservative" Senator from Massachusetts can't be happy:

President Bush did not overstep his bounds when he appointed a federal judge while the U.S. Senate was in recess and unable to confirm his choice, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who argued the appointment of Alabama judge Bill Pryor to the same court was an end-run on the Senate’s right to confirm or reject the president’s choices...

“We are not persuaded that the President acted beyond his authority in this case: both the words of the Constitution and the history of the nation support the President’s authority," wrote Chief Judge J.L. Edmonson.

The full ruling is here.