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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. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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