Yesterday President Obama sent a letter to Senate leaders concerning the slow pace of judicial confirmations. (The full text of the letter is available as part of this post). The letter spotlighted the nomination of LtCol Al Diaz, USMCR (Ret.), a former Marine Corps judge advocate, military judge, and NMCCA judge. Here’s what the President wrote about him:
Judge Albert Diaz, the well-respected state court judge I nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, has waited 245 days for an up-or-down vote – more than 8 months. Before becoming a judge, Diaz served for over 10 years in the United States Marine Corps as an attorney and military judge. If confirmed, he would be the first Hispanic to sit on the Fourth Circuit. The seat to which he was nominated has been declared a judicial emergency. Judge Diaz has the strong support of both of North Carolina’s Senators. Senator Burr has publicly advocated for Judge Diaz to get a final vote by the Senate. And just before the August recess, Senator Hagan went to the floor of the Senate to ask for an up-or-down vote for Judge Diaz. Her request was denied.