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Edward Stanton III (Western District of TN)

Nominated May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, President Obama nominated United States Attorney Edward Stanton III to be a Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a September 30, 2015 hearing on Stanton’s nomination and favorably reported it to the Floor without opposition by an October 29, 2015 voice vote.

Stanton’s nomination is still awaiting a Senate vote, despite the fact that those urging a vote include Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and others, letters to the Senate from the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, and Tennessee Editorial Boards and Commentary.

Mitch McConnell Just Tried Skipping Over Cory Booker’s Judicial Nominee Again: Instead of trying to compromise, the Majority Leader’s proposed votes are becoming more partisan. (Medium09/21/16)
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: "Sen. Cory Booker, D. N.J., spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday about ... obstruction at all levels of the federal judiciary, including district and circuit court nominees pending on the Senate floor.... On September 7, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R. Ky., tried skipping over his nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Julien Neals), in addition to a Tennessee nominee (Edward Stanton III) by offering a “bipartisan package” of four nominees equally from Republican and Democratic states. Neals and Stanton have been waiting longest for a vote on the floor. And they happen to both be African American. Booker rightly pointed out the obvious: The perception of skipping over those two nominees in particular should be problematic for everyone. On Tuesday, Booker tried getting votes on the next seven nominees in lineincluding Neals and Stantonbut McConnell said no. McConnell cited figures comparing the number of judges President Obama and President George W. Bush have had confirmeda meaningless comparison given the number of vacancies they facedand offered a different package of nominees. Unlike his bipartisan package two weeks before, these four nominees were more partisanand skipped over Booker’s nominee, whose vacancy is now an emergency.... Every district court nominee currently pending on the Senate floor was voice-voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and every nominee on the floorones recommended by both Democrats and Republicanshave the support of their home-state senators (including 16 Republicans)."

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