Montgomery Advertiser: Judicial vacancies in Alabama pile up
WASHINGTON – Negotiations on filling three judicial vacancies in Alabama have dragged on more than 18 months, even with a fourth vacancy coming in May.
Alabama Democrats and Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, have recommended several names to the White House. But President Barack Obama’s staff is still consulting with Alabama’s two Republican senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, who can block action on judicial nominees from the state.
Sessions and Shelby met with White House officials last week, but Sessions said Tuesday that no deal was reached. He declined to discuss the negotiations.