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Judicial nominees still languish in Senate

ElectionsRobert P. Casey, Jr.Republican PartyBarbara A. MikulskiChris Christie

John Fritze's recent article on the appointment of U.S. Magistrate Paul W. Grimm to a U.S. District Court seat ("Senate confirms Towson resident Grimm for U.S. judgeship," Dec. 4) reported the key point: Senate gridlock delayed action even though Paul Grimm's February nomination was "uncontroversial — members of both parties supported him."

Indeed, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski urged swift action on other judicial nominees, 15 of whom were reported by voice vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Republican leaders, however, are still blocking votes to confirm 17 judges. They have even ignored pleas for long-overdue votes by both home-state Republican senators from Oklahoma and both from Maine, as well as from Pennsylvania's Bob Casey, a Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Republican. New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie also strongly supports confirming Patty Shwartz, his state's nominee to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Glenn Sugameli, Arlington, Va.

The writer is a senior attorney with Defenders of Wildlife.

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