Milestones Mar. 1, 2004

INSTALLED. WILLIAM PRYOR JR., 41, Alabama attorney general; as a U.S. appeals-court judge; by President Bush, despite opposition by Senate Democrats, who objected to Pryor's comments and writings on abortion and homosexuality. Bush's second recess appointment this year follows the promotion of Mississippi federal Judge Charles Pickering Sr.

CONVICTED. THOMAS O'BRIEN, 68, Roman Catholic bishop and former head of Arizona's largest diocese; of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, after striking a pedestrian with his car; in Phoenix. Despite his testimony that he was unaware that he had hit a person, he faces up to 45 months in prison.


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