TLANTA - Former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor was sworn in June 20th as a member of the Atlanta-based Eleventh U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals. The ceremony officially ended more than two years of political fighting over Pryor's appointment by President Bush.
Pryor was one of three court nominees who were cleared for a Senate vote last month when 14 moderate Democrats and Republicans crafted a compromise to avoid a shutdown of the chamber.
Democrats had blocked the confirmation of the 43-year-old Pryor. They cited his criticism of the Supreme Court's Roe versus Wade abortion decision and opinion that a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act had "outlived its usefulness."
Bush named Pryor to the court in February 2004 while the Senate was not in session. He was finally confirmed by the Senate on June 9th after a compromise in the Senate allowed his nomination to come to the floor for a 53-to-45 vote.