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Bush names new appointees to Civil Rights Commission

[JURIST] President Bush has named Gerald Reynolds and Ashley Taylor to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Reynolds, formerly asssitant secretary of the office of civil rights in the Department of Education, is expected to replace Mary Frances Berry as chairman of the commission. Taylor, an attorney from Richmond Virginia, will replace Cruz Reynoso, although his position as vice-chairman will be taken by Abigail Thernstrom, already a commission member. Berry, who has been on the commission since her selection by President Carter in 1980, and Reynoso are disputing their immediate replacement arguing that their 6 year terms should run until January 21, 2005. The White House maintains their positions expired on December 5, 2004. AP has more.

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