Report: Vacant Texas federal judgeships languish

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new report says 10 federal judgeships have sat vacant in Texas for an average of nearly two years, creating a 12,000-case backlog.

The report is being released Wednesday by two progressive advocacy groups, Austin-based Progress Texas and the Center for American Progress in Washington.

The groups say one judgeship has been vacant in Texas' Western District since November 2008. The shortest vacancy is about nine months in the Northern District.

The groups blame Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, saying they've deliberately delayed President Barack Obama's potential nominees. The senators say Obama hasn't moved fast enough with nominees.

The report notes six federal judges have been appointed in Texas under Obama, while 17 were filled by this point in President George W. Bush's second term.

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