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Specter announces hearings for federal judgeship nominees

[JURIST] Senator Arlen Specter [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that the committee will hold confirmation hearings next week for William G. Myers III, nominated by President Bush to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, a nominee for the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The nominations of both Myers and Boyle have previously been blocked by Senate Democrats. Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, Specter said, "I have a commitment to the president to give his nominees prompt hearings and to move promptly to get them out of committee, and we will do that.... When it comes to the floor, as you all know, it is another matter." The New York Times has more.

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