Just about 4 p.m., the U.S. Senate took a break from discussion on wiretapping to move on to judicial nominations. They held a roll call vote at 4:35 p.m.
They voted 97-0 at 5 p.m. to confirm Magistrate Lawrence to the judgeship, meaning he'll be the Southern District's first ever magistrate to be elevated to the constitutionally established Article III judge status.
The president had selected him in February to succeed Judge John D. Tinder, whom the Senate confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals late last year. He won unanimous consent from the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 22.
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