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Maxwell Judge’s Appellate Nomination Clears Senate Panel

Jan. 20, 2022, 3:56 PM

The nomination of Alison Nathan, the judge who presided over the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, to the New York-based federal appellate court cleared a Senate committee.

The Judiciary Committee voted 13-9 on Thursday to send Nathan’s nomination for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to the full Senate for consideration.

The nomination of voting rights lawyer Dale Ho to the Manhattan-based Southern District of New York deadlocked in an 11-11 party line vote. Republicans voted no on his nomination because of his public advocacy work and what they said was a lack of judicial temperament.

Tie votes won’t derail a nomination, but they add an extra step in the confirmation process on the floor. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) must call a vote of the full chamber in order to move the nomination out of committee.

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