Former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia wins confirmation to 9th Circuit bench

Los Angeles attorney Daniel Collins became the second Trump nominee added to the San Francisco-based appeals court in a week

Daniel Collins testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (image from law.com)

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a Los Angeles attorney to a seat on the Ninth Circuit after he faced criticisms from Democrats over his record of representing fossil fuel companies in court, making him the second Trump nominee added to the San Francisco-based appeals court in a week.

Daniel Collins, a partner at the Los Angeles firm Munger, Tolles & Olson since 2003, earned confirmation with a 53-46 vote on Tuesday afternoon. He did not have the support of either Senator Dianne Feinstein or Senator Kamala Harris, both Democrats who represent California.

This would have doomed past judicial nominees under the tradition known as the blue slip, but the two most recent heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have said the objections of home-state senators will not stall the confirmation process for nominees to federal circuit courts.

Collins is a former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a member of the conservative Federalist Society. He is the second Trump nominee the Senate has confirmed to the Ninth Circuit in the past week, following Kenneth Lee, whom the Senate sent to the bench on Wednesday.

Full story at Courthouse News.

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  1. Trump is doing more good for California than all the Catholic bishops put together.

  2. May the Lord through his Holy Mother give Daniel Collins his graces, too, and make him holy, and may he accept them and do his best for all our citizenry, including the unborn..

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