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Senate confirms Pryor as federal appeals judge

[JURIST] Former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor [official profile] was approved for a permanent seat on the US Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday by a 53-45 floor vote [roll call] in the US Senate. Pryor, who was temporarily seated on the Court of Appeals by a 2004 recess appointment [JURIST report], was another of a series of Bush judicial nominees advanced during his first term but not brought to a vote due to Democratic filibustering of what they regarded as extreme or unacceptable candidates. Cloture was invoked on Pryor's nomination Wednesday by a 67-32 vote. Pryor's approval follows the confirmation [JURIST report] in May of former Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen [court profile], and that of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown [court profile], who was approved yesterday [JURIST report]. Bloomberg has more.

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