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4.23.2010

denny chin finally confirmed to u.s. court of appeals

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Denny Chin to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit serving New York, Connecticut and Vermont. He will be the only Asian American to fill an active judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals: U.S. Judge Denny Chin Finally Confirmed For Appeals Court.

Man, that took long enough. President Obama nominated Judge Chin to the Second Circuit in October. He was among about two dozen court nominees whose confirmations were blocked on the Senate floor by secret holds placed by individual senators.

Judge Chin has been involved in many prominent cases, including that of Bernard L. Madoff, whom he sentenced in June to 150 years in prison for his enormous Ponzi scheme. He is also considering a pending settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by authors and publishers over Google's book-scanning project.

The second circuit is known in particular for its decisions in financial and white-collar cases. It is also the court from which Justice Sonia Sotomayor was chosen for appointment to the United States Supreme Court. More here: Appeals Court Judge and U.S. Attorney Are Confirmed.