by Caroline Cox
In Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee Executive Session discussion, four nominees were held over until a later meeting: Alfred Bennett, George C. Hanks, Jr., and Jose R. Olvera, Jr. to be U.S. District Judges for the Southern District of Texas and Jill N. Parrish to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah.
Despite change in leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the pattern of Republican obstructionism continues with the use of the procedural tactic to “hold over” judicial nominees. Alliance for Justice critiques the practice in a recent blog post.
The Detroit Free Press reports that in a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House this week, Muslim-American leaders asked the president to nominate a Muslim-American to the federal bench. There has not yet been a federal judge in the U.S. who is Muslim.
Vocativ provides a list of the senators that have been the most likely to vote against Obama appointees and stall the judicial nomination process.