After languishing for eight months, the nominations of Magistrate Judge James K. Bredar and state court appellate Judge Ellen L. Hollander made it through the Senate confirmation process.
The Senate has been criticized in many quarters for its slow action on federal judges. Many nominations are virtually free of controversy, yet are held up together with nominations considered too liberal or too something else to certain Senators. These two judges are examples of nominations that everyone Federal judges have a large workload, and vacancies have a delaying effect on civil cases, since criminal defendants have a constitutional right to a speedy trial. It’s nice to have good news to end the year.