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Bush Withdraws Nominee

President Bush’s nomination of Judge James H. Payne to one of the highest courts in the nation has been withdrawn, following questions raised in late January about Payne’s ethics. Currently chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Muskogee, Okla., Payne was nominated by Bush to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last […]

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Bush Judge’s Rating Lowered

In a rare move, the American Bar Association revoked its top rating of a Bush judicial nominee last week, after CIR revealed in a Salon.com story his repeated conflicts of interest while on the bench. The ABA originally gave Judge James H. Payne its highest mark – a unanimous “well qualified” – after he was […]

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Bush Judge Under Ethics Cloud

A federal judge nominated by President Bush to one of the nation’s highest courts disqualified himself from two cases against a corporation in which he has held personal investments, after a report revealed that his career on the bench has been riddled with conflicts of interest. On Jan. 23, following the Salon story “Bush Nominee […]

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Courting Influence

President George W. Bush’s nominees to some of the most influential positions on the federal bench during his first term are notable for their close ties to corporate interests, especially the energy and mining industries, according to a new investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Many of the nominees have been appointed to judgeships […]