Wednesday, July 10, 2019
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Daniel Aaron Bress, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis, as judge of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, over the objections of California’s Democratic U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
The vote was 53-45 vote.
Feinstein and Harris have argued that Bress, named to the court by Republican President Donald Trump, is based in the District of Columbia and, although a member of the State Bar of California, has scant contact with this state.
Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, also appointed by Trump to the Ninth Circuit, were confirmed in May over the objections of Feinstein and Harris.
Bress replaces Judge Alex Kozinski who retired Dec. 18, 2017, in the light of sexual misconduct allegations.
Two more vacancies are upcoming on the court, which is allotted 29-judge active members. Carlos Bea and Jay Bybee have announced they will be assuming senior status.
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