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ABA ratings of judicial candidates debated

A more general question arises on what role ABA ratings should play when considering nominations to the federal judiciary.

In a week when many Democratic Senators are opposing a conservative Democrat nominated by President Barack Obama, a Democrat, too, for a federal judgeship, there are concerns about the ratings of women and minority judicial candidates by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Following fierce questioning by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.,) Al Franken (D.-Minn.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Michael Boggs, a Georgia state court judge, found out that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also opposed him to fill one of several federal judicial vacancies open in Georgia.

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