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Trump Plans to Nominate Two State Court Judges to Federal Bench

Dec. 23, 2019, 10:05 PM

President Donald Trump plans to nominate two state judges to federal district court seats in Florida and Illinois on the heels of a year-end Senate push to confirm as many selections to the bench as possible.

The White House said that Trump intends to nominate John Leonard Badalamenti to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, which includes Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, and Stephen P. McGlynn to the Southern District of Illinois, which includes East St. Louis.

The Republican-led Senate approved 13 district, or trial court, nominees before adjourning for the year. Trump has appointed two justices to the Supreme Court as well as 50 circuit and 133 district judges since taking office in 2017, moving aggressively to reshape the federal courts with conservatives.

Badalamenti is a state court judge in Florida and previously served as an assistant federal public defender. He’s also a former Carlton Fields associate and a one-time clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In 2014, Badalamenti successfully argued his first and only case at the U.S. Supreme Court, regarding the reach of federal fraud statutes.

McGlynn is also a state court judge, who serves in Illinois. Before that he was in private practice.

Both seats require Senate confirmation.

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