U.S. Senate panel OKs Toledoan’s nomination

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U.S. Senate panel OKs Toledoan’s nomination

Toledo Blade – Toledo lawyer Jeffrey Helmick’s nomination for U.S. District Court was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee on an 11-6 vote and heads to the full Senate for a vote. Mr. Helmick would replace Judge James Carr, who has moved to senior status.

Mr. Helmick’s was one of four judicial appointments approved by the committee. Three of them passed on 11-6 or 10-6 votes and one, a candidate from Massachusetts, passed on a 17-1 vote.

One Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, supported the Helmick confirmation. It was unclear why six of the seven Republicans on the panel voted no.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), who nominated Mr. Helmick, said he was pleased the judiciary committee approved the nomination.

“He has a demonstrated commitment to justice, and has widespread support throughout the legal community without regard to political party. I hope that his nomination will be taken up by the full Senate soon so that he can begin serving northwest Ohio,” Mr. Brown said.

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