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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 25, 2013

Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson IV says the Senate’s decision to eliminate filibusters for most judicial nominees will have a severe impact on the federal judiciary. Writing in the Washington Post's opinion section yesterday, Wilkinson, argues it is important to maintain a bipartisan confirmation process to “keep the courts above political rancor.” Under the new rules, he writes, “Even those with the most rigid and absolute beliefs can spend a lifetime on the federal bench without a scintilla of bipartisan support." Wilkinson was among the finalists then President George W. Bush considered for the U.S. Supreme Court.