Albert Diaz and James A. Wynn Jr., the two North Carolina judges nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, have been held over by the Senate Judiciary Committee during today’s business meeting.
Both judges appeared before the committee on Dec. 16, when their home-state senators, Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Richard Burr, both urged the committee to act quickly to confirm Wynn and Diaz and fill two of the four openings on the 15-seat 4th Circuit.
Burr and Hagan’s entreaties notwithstanding, holding over nominations for at least a week has become standard operating procedure for the judiciary committee, even for candidates with bipartisan support. So during today’s meeting, O. Rogeriee Thompson, a federal judge from Rhode Island who’s been nominated for the 1st Circuit, passed out of committee on a voice vote. Naturally, Thompson was held over at the previous business meeting on Dec. 17.