Terrence Boyle

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Terrence William Boyle
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
1997–2004
Preceded by James Carroll Fox
Succeeded by Louise W. Flanagan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Assumed office
May 3, 1984
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Franklin Taylor Dupree Jr.
Personal details
Born Terrence William Boyle
(1945-12-22) December 22, 1945 (age 72)
Passaic, New Jersey
Education Brown University (B.A.)
Washington College of Law (J.D.)

Terrence William Boyle (born December 22, 1945) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He was Chief Judge of that court from 1997 to 2004. From 1991 to 1993 and again from 2001 to 2007, he was a nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. His federal appellate nomination from 2001 to 2007 is the longest in history not to be acted upon by the United States Senate.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Boyle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1967 and a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1970. From 1970 to 1973, he was the minority counsel of the Housing Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency. In 1973, he was a legislative assistant to Republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina. He was in private practice in Elizabeth City, North Carolina from 1974 to 1984.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Boyle was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 4, 1984, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina vacated by Judge Franklin Taylor Dupree Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 24, 1984, and received commission on May 3, 1984. He served as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2004.[1]

First Fourth Circuit nomination[edit]

On October 22, 1991, Boyle was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a newly created seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. However, his nomination was not acted upon by a Senate controlled by the Democrats. His nomination was allowed to lapse at the end of Bush's presidency.

Fourth Circuit controversy over North Carolina seat under Clinton[edit]

On December 24, 1995, in the hope of integrating the Fourth Circuit, President Bill Clinton nominated James A. Beaty, Jr., an African American judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, to a Fourth Circuit seat vacated by Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. in 1994 when he took senior status.[2] Almost immediately, Beaty's nomination ran into opposition from Jesse Helms, who was angry that Clinton had refused to renominate Boyle to the Fourth Circuit. Beaty's nomination was ultimately unsuccessful due to Helms' opposition.

Second Fourth Circuit nomination and controversy[edit]

On May 9, 2001, Boyle was renominated by President George W. Bush to the Fourth Circuit, this time to the seat vacated by James Dickson Phillips, Jr. His nomination was never brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate. For over five years, the nomination was stalled. Boyle's nomination is the longest federal appeals court nomination never given a full Senate vote.

His nomination was adamantly opposed by Democrats from the beginning. Democratic Senator John Edwards claimed Boyle was an opponent of civil rights and disabilities legislation. Boyle's supporters viewed Boyle as the victim of political payback and obstruction because of his ties to Jesse Helms, who had derailed several judicial nominations by President Bill Clinton because of Boyle.

In March 2005, following Bush's re-election and an increased Republican Senate majority, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave Boyle a hearing almost a full four years after his nomination. On June 16, 2005, Boyle was voted out of Committee on a 10-8 party line vote.

In April 2006, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he would try to schedule a vote in May on the nomination of Boyle.[3] No vote occurred however. With the Democrats taking over the U.S. Senate in the 110th Congress, Boyle's confirmation chances markedly decreased. On January 9, 2007, the White House announced that it would not re-nominate Boyle.[4] At the time, Boyle clearly stated he did not voluntarily withdraw his nomination.[5]

On July 17, 2007, President George W. Bush nominated United States District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, to the Phillips seat. Conrad's nomination was also unsuccessful.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Franklin Taylor Dupree Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
1984–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
James Carroll Fox
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
1997–2004
Succeeded by
Louise W. Flanagan