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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Senate Confirms Two District Court Nominees
Yesterday the Senate confirmed two nominees to the District of New Jersey: Claire C. Cecchi, by a vote of 98-0, and Esther Salas, by a voice vote. The two confirmations are the first since May 17th. Judges Cecchi and Salas are the 9th and 10th women, and Judge Salas is the third judge of Hispanic descent, to serve as federal district judges in New Jersey, out of 82 judges in the state’s history. With these two confirmations, there are now 107 vacancies on the federal bench, 54 of which have pending nominees. Sixteen of the pending nominees are awaiting final confirmation on the Senate floor.