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Senate approves another federal judge for LA

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The U.S. Senate, which has slowly been working its way through a long list of federal judges awaiting confirmation, on Monday approved the nomination of an Azusa magistrate judge to the U.S. District Court.

The nomination of Fernando Olguin, a former civil rights attorney, was not controversial. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quietly asked for a voice vote rather than calling the roll, so Senators could use the floor time to speak about their late colleague from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, whose death was announced Monday afternoon.

University of Richmond Law Professor Carl Tobias said Olguin’s confirmation should reduce the backlog of cases in L.A. The Central District of California has the reputation of being one of the busiest federal courts in the country.

"Certainly that U.S. Attorney’s office is very active," said Tobias, "both on the civil and criminal side. And the bar in Los Angeles is quite sophisticated so that also generates a lot of business."

At his confirmation hearing, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein called Olguin “thoughtful and respected.”