Ruling: Pryor Appointment Legal

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A federal appellate court has ruled that President Bush's appointment of Bill Pryor as a judge on the panel was legal even though the appointment came as Congress was not in session.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge by Massachusetts Democrat, Sen. Edward Kennedy. He argued unsuccessfully the appointment of Pryor to the circuit panel was an end-run on the Senate's right to confirm or reject the president's choices.

Pryor, who served as Alabama attorney general for seven years, was appointed to the Atlanta-based court in late February.