Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump poised to nominate slate of federal-court judges

Trump poised to nominate slate of federal-court judges

During his press briefing on May 8, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that shortly after the briefing, the administration would release a list of President Trump's third wave of federal court nominees. The 42-year-old former University of Minnesota Law School professor was on Trump's short list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is headed to the federal bench, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Stras formerly clerked for conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is known to share the view of a limited role for the judiciary.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Stas would replace Diana Murphy, who resigned as an appeals court judge late a year ago. Using similar language, Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder-who in 2015 appointed Larsen to the state's high court-has expressed his disappointment at the possibility of losing Larsen on the state Supreme Court.

MALCOLM: Starting with a Supreme Court vacancy which has now been filled, President Trump certainly has a very good opportunity early on in his administration to leave an impact on the federal bench.

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Both clerked for conservative members of the Supreme Court, and were listed on the Trump campaign's Supreme Court shortlist.

David Nye, a state judge in Idaho, is Trump's nominee for the vacant seat in the Idaho district court.

Obviously the nine justices of the Supreme Court have the final say on what the law is, to paraphrase first Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

All nominees would require Senate confirmation. Today the president nominated five people to serve on federal appeals courts and five more to serve on lower courts. Scott Lawrence Palk, an assistant dean at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, will be a nominee to be a U.S. district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

If confirmed, Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington, D.C., will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. "So he will be a collegial colleague and I think that anyone who comes before him will know that they got a fair hearing, and that's the most important thing - that he will do justice". From 1990 to 2007, Moorer served as an assistant USA attorney in the district. She was initially appointed to the commission by President George W. Bush and nominated by President Barack Obama to a second term in 2010. Two of the district court nominees will be formally nominated in the near future.

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Federal appeals courts have 20 vacancies out of a total of 179 judgeships.

While Stras is considered a conservative, he did join Justice Alan Page, a left-leaning justice who recently retired, on several cases and earned the respect of Democratic court watchers.

CURRENT POSITION: Partner in the Louisville, Kentucky, law office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

U.S. EPA had claimed that the couple were in violation of the law because they filled in wetlands on their land without obtaining a permit.

WHEELER: We can assume that the Trump administration is going to continue to nominate judges, certainly for the Court of Appeals, who have fairly strong conservative credentials.

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