Gavel Grab

Is Partisanship Keeping Floridians From Having a Judge?

Political partisanship could be contributing to judicial emergencies in Florida, according to an opinion column in the Sun Sentinel.  In the piece, analysts Kyle Barry and Randall Berg argue that Mary Barzee Flores, nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, is eminently qualified and sorely needed in a state where too few judges are handling too-heavy caseloads. But because Sen. Marco Rubio has not returned the “blue slip” form approving her nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee can’t move forward with her confirmation, they note.

Rubio has said he is waiting for Sen. Charles Grassley, the Judiciary Committee Chair, to finish reviewing Flores’ background. But “there is no rule requiring such deference, and there is no reason, other than intentional delay, for Grassley’s review to drag on for six months,” the Sentinel piece concludes.  Rather, the writers argue, “pure partisan politics” may be at fault.

Flores was nominated by President Obama over six months ago; the average wait for a confirmation hearing in the current administration is 84 days.

Controversy has been ongoing about the pace of federal judicial nominations, with critics accusing the GOP-led Senate of obstructing the President’s choices.  Nationwide, more than 60 federal judgeships currently are empty. See Gavel Grab.


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