Senate narrowly breaks filibuster of Obama court pick
June 11th, 2012
07:32 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate narrowly breaks filibuster of Obama court pick

Washington (CNN) – The Senate Monday voted narrowly to end a filibuster of President Barack Obama's pick for the California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a key Republican argued the judge was too sympathetic to criminal defendants and, based on his writings about Roe v. Wade, might be a judicial activist.

By a vote of 60 to 31, the Senate got the minimum number of votes needed to move forward on the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz, a justice currently serving on the Supreme Court of Arizona.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Has Hell just frozen over?

    June 11, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. More Evidence

    This is just more evidence that congress will hinder work just because it has a tinge of the other side of the isle in its aroma.

    June 11, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Charles Grassley of Iowa is an old man who needs leave Washington and take McCain with him.

    STOP THE OBSTRUCTION BS , GO TO WORK OR FIND A NEW JOB !

    June 11, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Me IN HOUSTON

    OH NO! This could be seen as a victory for Obama!
    You dem haters don't like THAT!

    June 11, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    The only "judicial activists", are the 5 Neo-con judges on the US Supreme Court. Make no mistake, electing a Republican to the Presidency could tilt the Supreme Court even further to the right, which we all now know would be a disaster (based on the Citizens United ruling). America, if you don't want to see the country being owned by corporations, vote a straight Democrat ticket in November.

    June 11, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Internet Child

    What qualifies a "judicial activist" anyway. Little posts with no substance do nothing but incite unfounded bickering.

    June 11, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |