Nominations, Hearings, Confirmations:
Nominations: Russell Wheeler analyzes the numbers of judicial nominations and confirmations by Biden and other recent presidents.
Nominations: Biden's judicial confirmations have slowed due to the illness of Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and lack of blue slips from R senators.
Feinstein: Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is facing calls to resign due to her age and ailments. She has offered to temporarily relinquish her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is unable to process controversial nominations in her absence. However, R senators refused to go along with the plan.
1st Circuit: Michael Delaney, the nominee for the NH seat on the 1st Circuit, is facing opposition from some leftist groups due to signing a brief defending a parental notification law on abortion. Several D senators on the Judiciary Committee have not endorsed Delaney. There is also opposition from both the right and left due to his advocacy as an attorney for publically disclosing the identity of a minor victim of sexual assault.
D-CO: Magistrate Judge Kato Crews was stumped by the question "Do you know what a Brady motion is?" The question from Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) came during Crews' confirmation hearing.
ND-MS: Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith refused to return a blue slip for nominee Scott Colom, citing his "opposition to legislation to protect female athletes" and support from George Soros.
ND-IL: Thomas Durkin (Obama) 12/26/23 (senior)
D-ME: Jon Levy (Obama) 5/6/24 (senior)
Delaware: Governor John Carney nominated Superior Court Judge Abigail LeGrow and lawyer N. Christopher Griffiths to the Delaware Supreme Court. They will replace Justice James Vaughn, Jr. (D), who is retiring, and Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves (D), who was confirmed to the 3rd Circuit. The Delaware Supreme Court cannot have more than 3 of 5 justices from the same party.
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