Sen. Blanche Lincoln introduced Appeals Court Judge Price Marshall of Jonesboro to the Senate Judiciary Committee today and asked for his speedy confirmation to the federal district court bench.
It remains to be seen if anybody short of Jesus can get a quick vote from Senate Republicans and He'd probably have to promise to support capital punishment along with a few other small modifications in his record. What, exactly is wrong with money changers? etc.
BY THE WAY: I've been getting all kinds of conflicting signals on whether another open federal judgeship in Little Rock has been resolved in favor of Denise Hoggard or remains wide open, with a new emphasis on minority candidates. Less still is known about a seat in South Arkansas. We'll know when we know, I guess. Presuming the president ever gets around to it before he's tossed in 2012.
U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln today introduced Judge Price Marshall at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Marshall has been nominated to fill a federal judiciary vacancy in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
“Judge Price Marshall has enjoyed an impressive and lengthy legal career in Arkansas, where he has served as a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals since 2006,” Lincoln said.
“I have heard from dozens of Arkansans from across the legal and business community who support Judge Marshall’s nomination. He is well-known in Arkansas as a gifted appellate advocate, brilliant legal mind and a well-respected man of integrity.
“In my judgment, Judge Marshall possesses the intellect, the capabilities and the character to carry out the duties of a U.S. District Judge, and would well-represent the State of Arkansas and our country in this capacity.”
“I appreciate this committee scheduling a hearing promptly,” Judge Marshall said. “I thank my friends Sens. Pryor and Lincoln for their generous introductions, and I thank the President for nominating me. I appreciate the committee’s time, and I am blessed to have my family and dear friends here with me today.”
Judge Marshall has been married to his wife, Polly Pickett Marshall, for 22 years and they have two daughters, Adison (15) and Lara Harden (13).
Background on Judge Price Marshall:
Judge Marshall practiced law in his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas, for 15 years as a principal at the firm Barrett & Deacon. He also clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Arnold from 1989 to 1991.
He graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1985, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor of political science. Judge Marshall also received a degree from the London School of Economics, and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1989.
Judge Marshall is a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He is involved in the Eastern Arkansas Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has received a Golden Gavel Award for Exemplary Service by the Arkansas Bar Association.