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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Senate Confirms Carney to Second Circuit

The Senate has confirmed Susan Carney to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on a vote of 71-28. Judge Carney was nominated on May 20, 2010, and was renominated at the beginning of the 112th Congress. She is the third circuit judge confirmed this year, and the nineteenth circuit judge confirmed during the Obama presidency. She is the first circuit judge confirmed this year who received any Republican opposition in committee.

There are currently 109 vacancies in the federal judiciary, 20 of which are on circuit courts. Thirty-five vacancies are considered to be judicial emergencies by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, eight of which are circuit court seats.

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