Ala. Judge Nominated for U.S. Sentencing Commission

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is nominating a conservative Alabama Republican for a seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the White House is supporting U.S. Circuit Judge Bill Pryor for the position.

The 50-year-old Pryor serves on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with an office in Birmingham. He's a native of Mobile.

Pryor served as Alabama's attorney general as a Republican. He was nominated to the federal bench in 2004 by then-President George W. Bush.

The sentencing commission is an independent agency that establishes guidelines for sentencing in federal courts.

Pryor would serve a term that expires in 2017. He would replace commissioner William B. Carr, whose term has expired.

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