The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote late today on the nomination of James "Jeb" Boasberg for U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
President Barack Obama nominated Boasberg in June 2010 for the court, which has had an especially high profile recently because it handles habeas petitions from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. If confirmed, Boasberg would be the third Obama appointee to the court, after judges Beryl Howell and Robert Wilkins. A fourth nominee, Trout Cacheris partner Amy Berman Jackson, is pending.
Today’s vote is tentatively set for 5:30 p.m.
Boasberg has been a D.C. Superior Court judge since 2002. He previously served six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District, and he was an associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington.
There’s been no public opposition to his nomination. In remarks last month, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth criticized the delays in confirmations to the federal court in Washington.
Update (5:57 p.m.): The Senate confirmed Boasberg, 96-0.