Gavel Grab

Swift Action Urged on Nominee from Arizona

The Senate Judiciary Committee, holding a hearing on a judicial nominee to succeed murdered Judge John Roll of Arizona, was urged to act expeditiously.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps was nominated for the opening created by the death of Judge Roll, who was slain in the shooting rampage that also wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (see Gavel Grab). Before his death, Judge Roll was preparing to declare a judicial emergency, effectively relaxing the time limits set for trying accused criminals in court; it subsequently was declared by another judge.

At the committee’s hearing, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said he would be “very appreciative of an expeditious and rapid confirmation of Judge Zipps because of the judicial emergency that exists,” according to a Cronkite News article.

In addition to Judge Roll’s seat, there are two other vacant federal judgeships in Arizona.

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