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May 7, 2012
Nguyen confirmed to 9th Circuit Court, finally
The logjam on federal judges for California broke loose even more today with the confirmation of Jacqueline Nguyen to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nguyen, who started in this country as a refugee in Camp Pendleton, is the first Vietnamese-American woman to be a federal job in her current post and will become the first Asian-American woman on an federal appeals court.  

President Barack Obama nominated her last September. After all the delay, the vote today was 91-3   

It came on the same day that some California legal community leaders were in Washington to urge action and argue that delays were hurting justice in the state.

The Bee editorial board called in March for an up-or-down vote for Nguyen, and also for Michael Fitzgerald for the Central District of California. Both were unanimously recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but their nominations had been held up by GOP political gamesmanship. Fitzgerald was confirmed later in March.  

Both courts were in official judicial emergencies because there backlogs of cases were so bad.  

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