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Senate confirms Griffith for appeals court

[JURIST] The US Senate Tuesday confirmed former Senate Legal Counsel Thomas Griffith [DOJ biography] to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by a vote of 73-24 [roll call]. President Bush had originally chosen Miguel Estrada [DOJ biography] for the seat, but the Senate Democrats had objected to his nomination and he eventually withdrew [CNN report]. Griffith was originally blocked by Senate Democrats as well, but was promised a vote in the filibuster compromise [NRO text]. AP has more.

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