UNMAKING THE APPOINTMENTS The fight is on over Reagan judicial choices

Daniel Manion is an Indiana attorney and a former state senator whose practice has been the usual small-firm mix of real estate transactions, business matters, wills and personal-injury claims. He has never argued a case before a federal appeals court or even been the lead lawyer in any federal case. That did not matter much to his clients or anyone else until President Reagan nominated the conservative lawyer for the important U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago. Soon the Senate will vote on whether to confirm him, and the result is being watched intently. For Manion, 44, has...

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