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Former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge H. Lee Sarokin. (Photo: Columbia University Law School.)

Two retired N.J. federal judges join bid to stop Senate from considering Trump court pick

By David Wildstein, September 22 2020 12:52 pm

Two former federal judges from New Jersey have signed a letter urging the U.S. Senate to delay the confirmation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement until after the next presidential election.

H. Lee Sarokin and Stephen Orlofsky were among ten retired U.S. District Court Judges urging the Senate to “exercise restraint.”

“Our citizenry is sharply polarized–a foreboding sign for the health of any democracy. The judicial confirmation process has increasingly become dangerously politicized,” the judges said.  “Injecting a Supreme Court confirmation fight into this noxious mix will unalterably change and diminish the public’s faith in this vital institution.”

The announcement today that U.S. Senator Mitt Romney would vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination of a new associate justice “based upon their qualifications” makes a delay until next year increasingly unlikely.

The 91-year-old Sarokin was a district court judge from 1979 to 1994 and a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1996.   Orlofsky, 76, was a district court judge rom 1995 to 2003.

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