Charles W. Pickering Sr., whose lengthy fight for a seat on a federal appeals court ended when President Bush elevated him by bypassing Congress, is stepping down. "My nomination and permanent appointment to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has been pending before the full Senate for more than one year," Judge Pickering told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Hattiesburg, Miss. "A minority of senators prevented an up or down vote on my nomination. A minority of senators prevented the majority from confirming me to a permanent position on the 5th Circuit."
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