THUMB AWARD APPEALING APPOINTMENT

Thumbs Up to Federal Judge Pat Higginbotham, who’s been named to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by ! President Reagan. A jurist of sound judgment and moderate philosophy, Higginbotham’s opinions have tended to be subtle, wise and even-handed. He’ll be a needed antidote to the out-of-date liberalism of the 5th Circuit’s William Wayne Justice, who’s toyed disastrously with a number of Texas institutions, from elections to the prison system.

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