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Senate Criticized for Failure to Act on Sobeloff’s Nomination

August 5, 1955
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The failure of the Senate to act on President Eisenhower’s nomination of Solicitor General Simon E. Sobeloff to a Federal judgeship was severely criticized today in an editorial in the Washington Post and Times Herald The belief was expressed in the editorial that the Senate would confirm Mr. Sobeloff’s nomination when it meets next year.

The paper predicted that Mr. Sobeloff would decline an interim appointment. Mr. Sobeloff himself could not be reached for comment on this prediction. The editorial in the Washington paper said that the failure of the Senate to act on his nomination is “inexcusable”. It pointed out that it is the courts that are “penalized” because the Senate satisfied “the whim of a few politicians.”

The Solicitor General, who was nominated by President Eisenhower last month to be judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, refused to comment on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee’s failure to act or even to hold hearings on his nomination. Mr. Sobeloff, architect of the plan generally adopted in the Supreme Court decision to end segregation in the public schools, ran into opposition from Southern Senators Eastland of Mississippi and Johnston of South Carolina.

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