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Which Circuit Judges Could Retire Today?

By Steve Klepper (Twitter: @MDAppeal)

Wow. So Harry Reid went nuclear. Just 51 votes are now required for cloture on votes to confirm U.S. District Judges and U.S. Circuit Judges.

Two questions now come to the forefront:

(1) Will Senator Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, adhere to the “blue slip” protocol, under which both home-state senators must approve a nominee?

(2) Will there be a flood of judges assuming senior status? Read More…