Myrna Pérez, nominated to a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2021. Picture taken July 14, 2021. U.S. Senate/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Senate confirms voting rights advocate Perez to 2nd Circuit

(Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to affirm Myrna Perez to serve on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals, clearing the best way for the voting rights knowledgeable to be part of the New York-based appellate courtroom regardless of Republican objections to her previous advocacy.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 48-43 to approve Perez amid a push by the White Home to set up extra civil rights legal professionals to the federal bench and calls by progressives for better protections for voting rights.

Perez, who has been the director of the voting rights and election program on the Brennan Middle for Justice at New York College College of Regulation, was the seventh of President Joe Biden’s 13 appellate nominees to win Senate affirmation up to now.

Perez didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Her nomination got here on the suggestion of Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer of New York, who had cited the heightened nationwide concentrate on voting rights for why her choice was “timely.”

Schumer additionally backed Biden’s nomination final month of Dale Ho, the chief of the voting rights venture on the American Civil Liberties Union, to function a federal district courtroom decide in Manhattan.

Perez, a graduate of Columbia Regulation College, joined the Brennan Middle in 2006 and has been director of its voting rights program since 2019.

On the Brennan Middle, Perez advocated towards Republican-backed voting restrictions enacted in Georgia and Texas this 12 months that she stated “rest on the Big Lie, the disproven notion that there was mass voter fraud in 2020.”

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee largely opposed her nomination, with Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa calling her “the most outspoken liberal judicial nominee we’ve seen in this administration.”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in August known as her “dangerous” and “radical” as he criticized her advocacy towards voter ID legal guidelines and different Republican-backed measures.

Perez advised the panel in a written submission that she would impartially and objectively observe the regulation regardless of her private views.

In his 53 judicial nominations, Biden has prioritized rising the non-public {and professional} variety of the judges on the federal bench. Perez would be the first Latina on the 2nd Circuit since now-Justice Sonia Sotomayor was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court docket in 2009.

Biden has nominated two different judges to the 2nd Circuit. The Senate in August confirmed former public defender Eunice Lee to sit on the courtroom, and the Senate Judiciary Committee final week superior the nomination of Vermont Supreme Court docket Justice Beth Robinson.

Two 2nd Circuit judges, U.S. Circuit Judges Jose Cabranes and Rosemary Pooler, just lately introduced they deliberate to take senior standing, giving Biden an opportunity to set up 5 of the courtroom’s 13 energetic judges. Six are Republican appointees.

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Nate Raymond

Nate Raymond stories on the federal judiciary and litigation. He could be reached at [email protected]