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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Senate Judiciary Committee Reports Out 3 Nominees, Holds Over 1 Nominee, and Schedules Hearings for 5 Nominees

The Senate Judiciary Committee Held a two-part Executive Business Meeting today, with a previously unannounced closed-door meeting sandwiched in between. At the originally scheduled business meeting this morning, the Committee unanimously reported out two nominees en banc: Marina Garcia Marmolejo, nominee to the Southern District of Texas, and Wilma Antoinette Lewis, nominee to the District of the Virgin Islands. After reporting out these nominees, the committee abruptly suspended the business meeting, went into closed-door session, and issued a notice that the business meeting would reconvene this afternoon. When the committee reconvened its business meeting, it reported out the nomination of Michael C. Green, nominee to the Western District of New York on a voice vote, with only Sen. Lee (R-UT) objecting, and it held over a vote on the nomination of Steve Six to Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals until its next meeting on June 23rd.

Apart from today’s business meeting and closed-door session, the committee also scheduled a hearing next week for five nominees: Christopher Droney to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Robert D. Mariani to the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Cathy Bissoon and Mark R. Hornak to the Western District of Pennsylvania; and Robert N. Scola, Jr. to the Southern District of Florida. Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) will preside at the hearing.

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on judicial nominations, visit the Alliance for Justice’s Judicial Selection Project webpage.

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