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Empty seats on the federal bench

Vacancies among federal judges have nearly doubled since President Obama took office, with dozens of nominees waiting months for Senate confirmation.


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Vacancies on federal bench hit crisis point
Article | Federal judges have been retiring at a rate of one per week this year, driving up vacancies that have nearly doubled since President Obama took office. The departures are increasing workloads dramatically and delaying trials in some of the nation's federal courts.
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Federal judicial vacancies reaching crisis point
Article | Federal judges have been retiring at a rate of one per week this year, driving up vacancies that have nearly doubled since President Obama took office. The departures are increasing workloads dramatically and delaying trials in some of the nation's federal courts.

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