Compromise is judged successful

Two of the three people nominated as federal judges in Colorado had hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Confirmation votes for Christine Arguello and Philip Brimmer are expected in the full Senate within a few days.

That’s great news for overworked U.S. District Courts in Colorado. It’s all the more critical because only five judicial nominees were allowed to proceed in the final months of this congressional session, and two of them are from Colorado. Credit Sen. Ken Salazar with that.

As we noted last week, the two nominations were held up because of a dispute between Colorado’s two senators, Republican Wayne Allard and Democrat Salazar.

But last Friday, Salazar met for several hours with Brimmer, whom he initially opposed, and afterward agreed to support Brimmer. As a result, Allard allowed Arguello’s nomination to proceed.

Finally, Salazar met with Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and persuaded him to allow the two Colorado nominees to proceed through the hearing process.

Tuesday’s action doesn’t guarantee the two will be confirmed by the full Senate. But with the support of both Colorado senators, they stand a good chance.

Kudos to Salazar and Allard for ironing out their differences, and to Salazar for ensuring that the hearings occurred. This is a significant step toward ensuring justice is not delayed in federal courts in Colorado.


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