|September 10, 2003|
Estrada Withdraws Nomination
On Thursday, September 4, judicial nominee, Miguel Estrada withdrew his name from consideration for US Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. In his letter of withdrawal, Mr. Estrada wrote, “I believe that the time has come to return my full attention to the practice of law and to regain the ability to make long-term plans for my family.”
Estrada was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001—some 28 months ago. Since then a minority of US Senators have blocked his nomination by refusing to allow a vote. Several votes to end this filibuster were taken, but the Senate was consistently five votes short of the 60 needed to accomplish this.
HSLDA is grateful for the calls that HSLDA members made, over the last year, to their Senators regarding Mr. Estrada’s nomination. It is very unfortunate that his nomination was put off due to partisan disagreements, which could not be settled.
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