Johnny Isakson
Obama court nominee faces tough questions from Senate Democrats

President Obama's controversial pick for a federal judgeship in Georgia told senators that votes he cast as a state legislator would not be "indicative" of how he would decide cases, as he sought to win over Democrats skeptical of his record on civil rights, abortion and other politically sensitive issues. Michael Boggs, nominated to serve on a district court in Georgia as part of a compromise with the state's two Republican senators, explained that as a state representative he wrestled with whether to vote his conscience or reflect the will of his conservative district. In response to tough questioning from the panel's Democratic majority, he explained, and in some...