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Bush: Pickering's rejection 'unfortunate for democracy'

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The following is a statement from President Bush on the Senate Judiciary Committee's rejection of Charles Pickering Sr. of Mississippi for a seat on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:

"I am deeply disappointed that Judge Charles Pickering, a distinguished judge who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in the past, is being denied the opportunity to further serve his country.

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The action of the Senate Judiciary Committee to refuse Judge Pickering a vote by the full Senate leaves another empty seat in the federal judiciary at a time when we face a vacancy crisis. It was unfortunate for democracy and unfortunate for America. (More on committee vote)

Judge Pickering has earned the praise and support of those who know him and know his record best -- both Democrats and Republicans from his home state of Mississippi. The know him to be a fair and measured judge, an advocate of civil rights and a dedicated member of his community.

He has served with distinction, and deserves better than the be blocked by a party-line vote of 10 senators on one committee. The voice of the entire Senate deserves to be heard."




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