by Caroline Cox
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his intention to retire last week. The New Yorker considers Reid’s impact on federal judiciary, particularly his focus on federal judges rather than simply Supreme Court nominees in Senate deliberations.
Senate Republicans remain slow to confirm judicial nominees. A comparison of recent trends to the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency made by People for the American Way reveals just how problematic the delays are.
John Michael Vazquez, one of President Obama’s most recent United States District Court judge nominees, “comes as the District of New Jersey faces three judicial vacancies and will soon have a fourth.” The New Jersey Law Journal provides a look at the nominee and the problem of judicial vacancies in New Jersey.
There are currently 55 vacancies, and 23 are now considered judicial emergencies. There are 18 pending nominees. For more information see judicialnominations.org.