by Caroline Cox
Yesterday, President Obama nominated Edward L. Stanton III to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Stanton is currently the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and would replace Judge Samuel H. Mays.
Also on Thursday, senators confirmed Jill Parrish to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah and Jose Rolando Olvera Jr. to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Both nominations were confirmed by votes of 100-0.
These confirmations doubled the number of judges confirmed in 2015. As The Hill reports, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made critical comments about the pace of judicial confirmations earlier in the week, saying, “We know there are judicial emergencies and vacancies throughout the country. But we’ve only considered two judges in this entire Congress.” Articles in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal also voiced concern over the low number of confirmations so far this year.
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 24 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 17 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.