Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arkansas judgeship caught in Republicans' holdup

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Glenn Sugameli, staff attorney for Judging the Environment, Defenders of Wildlife, updates me periodically on progress of federal judicial nominations. Today, he notes a news release from Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy, who complains that a list of consensus choices for federal judgeships are stacking up. In the past, consensus choices have been routinely approved. No longer. Leahy said more than a dozen with approval in committee have not come to a vote in the Senate.

They include Kris Baker of Little Rock, nominated by President Obama to an opening in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

“These highly qualified — consensus — nominees should be confirmed without further delay. They should have been confirmed last year,” said Leahy in a news release. “One hundred and thirty million Americans live in circuits or districts with a judicial vacancy that could be filled if Senate Republicans would consent to votes on these nominees. The delays are as damaging as they are inexplicable.”

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