3rd Circ. Nominee Confirmed After NJ Sen.'s Initial Misgivings

Law360, New York (April 9, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed federal magistrate judge and New Jersey native Patty Shwartz to serve on the Third Circuit, more than a year after the judiciary committee first approved her nomination, which Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., initially refused to support.

While Democrats blame Republicans for the delay, the process was perhaps most notable for Sen. Menendez's early refusal to support the nominee, whom President Barack Obama tapped for the powerful appeals job in October 2011. However, Menendez offered nothing but support for the former...
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