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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Judiciary Committee Reports Paul Watford to Senate Floor

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee reported 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Paul Watford to the Senate floor in a vote of 10-6 along party lines, with two Republican senators (Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham) voting “Present.” 

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein gave a statement in support of Mr. Watford, praising his legal record and highlighting his bipartisan support. Watford’s nomination is supported by Jeremy Rosen, head of the California Branch of the Federalist Society, conservative Chief Justice of the 9th Circuit Alex Kozinksi, and the CEOs of Verizon, Mattel, and Google. Although several Republican senators voted against Watford, none of them spoke against his nomination at the meeting. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is currently faced with four judicial vacancies and a caseload of 557 cases per judge (.pdf download), more cases than any other circuit. Each vacancy in the 9th Circuit has been declared a judicial emergency.

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

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