Senate completes overhaul of key appeals court

January 13, 2014 • National News

FILE – In this June 3, 2013 file photo, Robert Wilkins, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the District of Columbia Circuit Court, listens in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The Senate confirmed Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed one of President Barack Obama’s key judicial nominees on Monday, completing an overhaul of the country’s second most powerful court into one dominated by Democratic-appointed judges.

The Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Robert Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That gives Democratic appointees a 7-4 majority on the politically influential bench. The D.C. Circuit, second in clout only to the Supreme Court, hears appeals of White House actions and federal rules and regulations.

Wilkins’ confirmation is a fresh demonstration of Senate Democrats’ ability to Login to read more

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