04/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Court Nominees Are Focus Of Speculation

WASHINGTON -- President Obama will soon begin naming a small stream of nominees to the federal appeals courts, administration officials said, a step that will provide the first signs of how much he intends to impose any ideological stamp on the nation's judiciary.

White House lawyers have compiled lists of likely candidates for vacancies on several of the 12 regional appeals courts, notably those based in Richmond, Va., and New York.

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