Former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's first written opinion as a federal appeals court judge barred many employees of Federal Express from pursuing discrimination claims against their employer.
Pryor joined the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals without a U.S. Senate vote when President Bush bypassed the Senate with a short-term "recess appointment." His temporary appointment will end in late 2005.
Pryor has concurred in several decisions issued by the 11th Circuit since his temporary appointment, but the 20-page decision issued Tuesday was the first to name him as the author.
The primary legal issue in the case involved interpretation of federal discrimination laws. The ruling also ended the claims of eight other Federal Express employees.