Once More, Bench Battles

A Bush judicial nominee faces opposition over civil rights

Remember Robert Bork? Four years ago, liberal legislators beat back Ronald Reagan's nomination of the controversial conservative scholar to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now ideological forces are marshaling for another judicial confirmation battle. The focus is Federal District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp, 58, nominated by President Bush to fill a vacancy on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Florida. The Miami jurist will face a rugged reception this week at Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, where opponents will try to block his confirmation on the ground that he is insensitive to civil rights.

The most visible issue is Ryskamp's longtime membership...

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