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Judge's nomination vote set for Tuesday

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The U.S. Senate leader has filed a motion to limit debate on an Indianapolis judge's nomination for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, setting an hour of debate and roll call vote for Nov. 17.

If the vote happens at that time and senators agree to a cloture motion, it would bring to a close five months of delays involved in the nomination of U.S. Judge David F. Hamilton, chief judge of the Southern District of Indiana who is being considered for the appellate bench.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday night filed a motion to invoke cloture after hours of debate on a military construction bill pending before the full legislative body. Senators left for a three-day Veterans Day break, and will return on Monday when they will continue debating that issue.

A starting time for the day's business next week hasn't yet been established, but once the H.R. 3082 vote happens on Tuesday, 60 minutes of debate will be split between Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Ranking Minority Member Jeff Sessions, R-Ga. A vote will not happen before 2:15 p.m., and senators will then conduct a roll call vote on the confirmation.

If confirmed, Judge Hamilton would succeed Circuit Judge Kenneth Ripple, who took senior status in September 2008.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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