by Amanda Lynch
Pressure is mounting on the Senate to confirm judicial nominees before the scheduled recess next Friday. Chief Judge Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida wrote letters to Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell asking for swift confirmation of his district’s nominations, Kathleen Williams and Robert Scola.
ABA President Stephen Zack also addressed a letter to Sens. Reid and McConnell encouraging them to accelerate the pace of confirmations, beginning with immediate up-or-down votes for the 21 nominees unanimously reported out of the Judiciary Committee.
An editorial in the San Antonio Express-News urged swift confirmation of Texas nominees, who are needed to deal with the “mounting number of criminal cases related to border issues, including drug and human trafficking.”There are currently seven vacancies on the Texas district courts, all of which have been deemed judicial emergencies, and there is a measure pending before congress that would create three new federal courts in that state to deal with the overwhelming caseload.
Also this week,the Senate unanimously confirmed two judicial nominees, Paul A. Engelmayer to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Ramona Villagomez Manglona to the District Court for the Mariana Islands.