So, the Senate has absconded for the holidays having confirmed 19 of the 38 judges awaiting a final vote.
Of those who made the cut, five were circuit court nominees.
Those who didn’t make it include Goodwin Liu, the Berkeley law professor who Republicans love to hate, although the word is that the White House will renominate him next year. It remains unclear how his nomination will make it through with fewer Democrats in the Senate.
The final five confirmed yesterday were:
- Mary Murguia, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- Kathleen O’Malley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Scott Matheson Jr. 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Beryl Howell, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Robert Wilkins, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
There were also two confirmed on Dec. 21 that came after your blogger’s earlier post:
- William Martinez, U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado
- Benita Pearson, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
One final note about Murguia, who has been serving as a federal district judge in Arizona. From your blogger’s news story on the confirmations:
By coincidence, just this week the 9th Circuit reversed one of Murguia’s rulings over a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to build water tanks in the Arizona desert. Murguia said the decision was reasonable, but the appeals court disagreed (Greenwire, Dec. 22).