President Obama to Announce First Judicial Nominee

According to media reports, President Obama will nominate David Hamilton, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, to a seat on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

"David Hamilton is an ideal choice for this seat. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a willingness to put principle ahead of politics and bring an open mind to every case. Judge Hamilton has shown a deep commitment to the rule of law and core constitutional principles of liberty, equality, and justice for all Americans.

"I'm encouraged not only that President Obama has made such a strong choice, but by his success in reaching across the aisle and winning the support of both of Indiana's Senators. This is a very good sign for the caliber of nominees we can expect from this president. I urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm him."

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