Judicial appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu pauses in his office in San Francisco. The California Supreme Court justice says the death penalty system in the most populous state is dysfunctional, expensive and doesn't deliver justice in a timely way. Liu made the comments in an unusual opinion issued Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the full court unanimously upheld Thomas Potts' death sentence. Potts was convicted in a 1997 killing of an elderly couple. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 28, 2019 - 3:25 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The death penalty system in the nation's most populous state is dysfunctional and expensive, and a ballot measure approved by voters to speed up executions will not make it workable, a California Supreme Court justice said Thursday in an unusual opinion that added to a renewed...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission is accusing state Attorney General Curtis Hill of professional misconduct following allegations he drunkenly groped a female lawmaker and three female legislative staffers at a bar. A disciplinary complaint filed Tuesday, March 19, 2019 says Hill committed misdemeanor battery against all four women and felony sexual battery against one of them. A special prosecutor declined in October to pursue criminal charges against Hill, who has denied wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
March 19, 2019 - 3:53 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A citizens' panel said Tuesday that Indiana's Supreme Court should discipline the state's attorney general over allegations he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a bar. The complaint by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission alleges Curtis...
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Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. O'Rourke announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 14, 2019 - 8:41 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is not in favor of traditional reparations for African-Americans for the legacy of slavery but says it is important to confront the...
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March 13, 2019 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story March 12 about Senate confirmation of Paul Matey as an appeals court judge, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Matey is senior vice president and general counsel at University Hospital in New Jersey. He left the hospital in August 2018 and became a partner...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017 file photo, Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's nominee for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 13, 2019 - 3:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court, despite concerns about her past writings on sexual assault. White House official Neomi Rao won confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
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March 11, 2019 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a planned hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey...
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Brett Busby, appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court, attends his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Barely three months after Texas Democrats showed signs of cracking Republican dominance in Texas elections, Abbott is using the power of his office to stem that tide by appointing Republican judges who had been rejected by voters to new positions on the bench. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 07, 2019 - 2:27 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state. In the three months since the worst election...
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, Friday, March 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 04, 2019 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The newest pressure point in the Democratic presidential primary isn't health care or climate change — though it could make or break future progress on those issues. It's an overhaul of arcane Senate rules. Some prominent liberals are urging Democratic presidential candidates to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017 file photo, Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's nominee for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 28, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to endorse Neomi Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the...
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February 26, 2019 - 8:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a lifetime seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was confirmed in a party-line vote Tuesday as Republicans broke a longstanding tradition by approving someone opposed by both of his home-state senators. Eric Miller, a Seattle attorney...
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