Colorado Gets New Federal Judge

The U.S. District Court in Colorado has been declared a "judicial emergency court." Each of our five judges carries 593 cases. Caseloads in excess of 430 are considered "in need of emergency judicial assistance."

The Senate today confirmed William Martinez to fill one of our two judicial vacancies. Nominated by President Obama, and strongly supported by both Sen. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, the Republicans held up his nomination. Why? He worked on a panel for the ACLU. Jeff Sessions' comment:

"It seems that if you've got the ACLU DNA you've got a pretty good leg up to being nominated by this president,"

Martinez has a strong civil rights background. And an impressive resume. He doesn't have a background in criminal law, but he's clearly a fighter for the underdog.

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    I'm not sure... (none / 0) (#1)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 08:07:20 PM EST
    ...what has gotten into out Senators, but they've been on a tear of late--especially that "Boulder liberal".

    I'm liking it--hope they keep it up!

    Seems that if you've got the Confederate DNA (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 11:55:19 PM EST
    you've got a pretty good leg up to being embraced by Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Why do I have such a strong suspicion that the "Jefferson" he's named for is "Davis" not "Thomas"?