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Appeals courts shift to conservative grounds

President Bush has appointed more than a third of the judges sitting on federal appeals courts and conservative nominees now control 10 of the 13 federal circuits, The New York Times reports.

Bush's nominees include Janice Rogers Brown, a former judge from California. She has used her three years on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to write negative rulings in land-into-trust, sovereignty and trust cases.

Along with other Republican nominees, Bush's picks have supported anti-abortion laws and Christian religion preferences in recent cases. Overall, Republican nominees take the conservative position in affirmative action, environmental protection and states rights cases, according to a Harvard Law School study.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has said he will appoint more conservative judges if he is elected president. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) has said judicial nominees should take a broad view of the U.S. Constitution.

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