by Samantha Berkovits
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has filed a cloture motion to force a vote on the nomination of Michael A. Shipp to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Reid filed the motion after Sen. Rand. Paul (R-Ky.) refused to consent to a vote on Shipp -- a political move to push for a vote on wholly unrelated legislation to halt aid to Pakistan, according to Roll Call. The cloture vote is scheduled for July 23.
Another nominee to the District of New Jersey, Kevin McNulty, was confirmed by the Senate this week by an overwhelming majority of 91-3. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took the opportunity to give a floor speech venting frustrations about the obstruction that has interfered with filling the unprecedented number of vacancies remaining on the federal bench.
Four nominees to district court vacancies in California, Pennsylvania and New York were reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two would replace judges who were recently confirmed to seats on appeals courts.
The Latest from “In the News”
- “Scant improvement for women's representation on bench,” The National Law Journal
- “As Partisan Rancor Persists, Senate Votes to Confirm New Jersey Judicial Nominee,” The Blog of Legal Times
- “Senate confirms NJ district judge,” The Hill
The Latest from “Recommended Readings”
- “Compromise Shouldn't be a no-no,” Idaho Mountain Express
- “Our View: U.S. Senate should vote on judicial nomination,” Portland Press Herald
- “William Kayatta and the Needless Destruction of the Thurmond Rule,” The Atlantic
- Sen. Grassley on Judicial Nominees
- Sen. Leahy on Consensus Nominees
- Sens. Lautenberg & Menendez on Judge McNulty