Alison Nathan was confirmed as Federal Jufge by a final vote of 48 to 44, one of the closest votes for any of President Obama’s district court nominees.
The Associated Press reports:
Alison Nathan, who has served as an adviser to President Barack Obama, is the third openly gay person confirmed to the federal bench. The Senate approved Nathan?s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by a 48-44 vote Thursday.
Republicans said they opposed Nathan?s confirmation because she indicated in a book that judges should consider foreign law in rulings. Sen. Jeff Sessions, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Nathan?s record indicates she has an ?activist viewpoint.?
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