Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, October 15, 2002


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Judiciary Committee Clears Nominee U.S. Attorney Nominee in San Diego


By a MetNews Staff Writer


President Bush’s nomination of San Diego Superior Court  Judge Carol Chien-Hua Lam to be U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The committee last Tuesday cleared the nomination of Lam, 42, a former assistant U.S. attorney, by a voice vote. The nomination, made in July, now goes on the Executive Calendar for action by the full Senate at a date yet to be determined.

Action on the non-controversial nomination could come in the next few weeks as senators clear out end-of-year business before the November elections.

Lam is a political independent appointed to the state bench by Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in November 2000. If confirmed, she would be the second woman of Asian descent to be a U.S. attorney, after Debra W. Yang of the Central District of California.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Lam prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including the money laundering charge of which financier Richard Silberman was convicted. Silberman was a political heavyweight who helped Jerry Brown get elected governor and was married at the time of his indictment to Susan Golding, a county supervisor who went on to become mayor of San Diego.


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