September 28, 2010 11:04 AM

Commentary: Senate should confirm Judge Diaz before recess

When President Barack Obama assumed office in Jan. 2009, the Fourth Circuit had openings in four of its 15 judgeships. Accordingly, it was urgent that the White House promptly fill these vacancies. The administration has instituted procedures to foster selection, but two seats remain open 20 months later. A helpful illustration of this issue is the Nov. 4, 2009, nomination of North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz. The Senate must immediately confirm Judge Diaz whose nomination has languished since the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved him in Jan. 2010.

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