U.S. Senate Deal Shuts Out Michigan Judge

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One Michigan judge appears to be a loser in a congressional compromise that cleared the way for Senate confirmation of some of President Bush's judicial appointments.

Michigan Appeals Judge Henry Saad was nominated for the Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati.

Saad ran into trouble because of opposition from Michigan Democrats Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

The two senators say Republicans blocked confirmation of President Clinton's nominees to the court before 2001.

Saad won't speculate on what might happen next, but called his nomination a great honor, and says he has very high regard for President Bush.

Three other Michigan nominees to the Sixth Circuit appear to have an improved chance of confirmation.