When the Senate returns from its Presidents’ Day recess next Monday it will vote on the nomination of Margo Kitsy Brodie to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Brodie was nominated to the seat on June 7, 2011.
A graduate of St. Francis College and of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Brodie has served for thirteen years as an Assistant United States Attorney. She is currently the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, with prior service as Counselor to the Criminal Division and as Chief and Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. Her prior experience includes five years in private practice and three years working for the New York City Law Department.
Due to the reflexive obstruction and slow-walking of judicial nominees by Senate Republicans, Brodie will have waited 145 days from the time she was unanimously reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on an unopposed voice vote for the full Senate to take action on her confirmation. Meanwhile, the people of the Eastern District of New York will have gone 329 days waiting for a vacant seat to be occupied by a judge who will hear their cases as they seek justice in federal court.
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