Under the Dome

Two more names for Fourth Circuit

Two more names have been mentioned for the Fourth Circuit.

A knowledgeable insider tells Dome that James A. Beaty Jr. and Charles Becton might also be under consideration by President-elect Barack Obama for the vacant seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Beaty was nominated in the mid 1990s, but his appointment languished in committee and he currently is a U.S. District Court judge. Becton is another former would-be judge from the Clinton years, and is currently serving as president of the N.C. Bar Association.

Other names previously mentioned: Robert Spearman, Rich Leonard, Jim WynnPatricia Timmons-Goodson and Martha Geer.

Several of the picks would allow liberals to have the last laugh over former Sen. Jesse Helms, who blocked Leonard, Wynn and Spearman from judgeships during his long career.

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