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Vote set on federal magistrate's nomination

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The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on an Indianapolis federal magistrate’s nomination for a constitutionally created judgeship in the Southern District of Indiana.

An executive calendar for June 7 shows that senators will turn to nomination discussion at 4:30 p.m. on three individuals, including U.S. Magistrate Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. A vote on the three nominations is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The other two listed are Audrey Fleissig for the Eastern District of Missouri and Lucy Koh for the Northern District of California.

President Barack Obama in January nominated Magistrate Magnus-Stinson to fill a seat left open last summer by the retirement of U.S. Judge Larry McKinney. Her nomination came at the same time as the president chose Marion Superior Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for a Southern District vacancy and Jon DeGuilio for the Northern District of Indiana. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nominations in March, and both Magistrate Magnus-Stinson and Judge Pratt await a final confirmation vote. Senators unanimously confirmed DeGuilio on May 11.

Spokesman Brian Weiss in Sen. Evan Bayh’s office in Washington, D.C., said today that there was no indication when senators might turn to the nomination of Judge Pratt, who would fill an opening left by Judge David F. Hamilton when he moved to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

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