7th Circ. Nominee Defends Pandemic Restrictions Ruling

By James Arkin (May 11, 2022, 4:03 PM EDT) -- A federal judge nominated to the Seventh Circuit defended a past ruling upholding COVID-19 pandemic restrictions as Republicans pressed him during a Senate nominations hearing Wednesday on whether his decision undermined religious freedoms.

Judge John Z. Lee of the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit nominee, appeared before the Judiciary Committee alongside Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. of the Eastern District of Washington, a nominee to the Ninth Circuit.

Three district court nominees also appeared before the committee: U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Henley Locher for the Southern District of Iowa, Nancy L. Maldonado for the Northern District of Illinois and Gregory...

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