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June 11, 2012
One federal judge on way to confirmation, two more nominated
Ever so slowly, the logjam continues to break on California's federal judges.

The U.S. Senate today barely reached the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco. The final confirmation vote on Hurwitz, now a justice on the Arizona Supreme Court, is expected Tuesday morning. UPDATE: Hurwitz was confirmed on a voice vote.

Also today, President Barack Obama announced he has put forward two more nominations for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. They are Jon Tigar, a judge on the Alameda Superior Court since 2002, and William H. Orrick III, now a deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, recommended both. She issued a statement today praising their legal backgrounds and said that both will be strong additions to the federal bench.

California has some of the busiest federal courts in the country. That includes the Northern District, which starts at the Oregon border and goes down the coast through the Bay Area to Monterey.

But some open judicial positions have been sitting vacant for many months, if not years.

Some of the delay has been in Obama making nominations, but more of it has been Republican recalcitrance. Hurwitz, for instance, was held up even though both Republican senators in Arizona supported him.

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