12.18.10

Sen. Burr Congratulates Judge Albert Diaz on Confirmation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today congratulates Judge Albert Diaz after the Senate confirmed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.Senator Burr introduced Judge Diaz at his confirmation hearing and has since advocated for him publicly and privately.

"Judge Diaz is a well-qualified nominee and has proven himself already by earning a reputation as a fair and impartial judge, and also for dedicated public service both in the Marines and in his community," Senator Burr said. "I supported his nomination and am extremely pleased that the Senate has finally voted to confirm him. Throughout the difficult confirmation process, Judge Diaz has remained unwavering in his enthusiasm to serve his country. I have full confidence in his ability to protect and enforce the laws of our country and look forward to seeing the excellent judgment that he is sure to exercise in the Fourth Circuit.

"The Fourth Circuit has suffered for some time under partisan politics.When President Bush left office, the Fourth Circuit was one-third vacant due to the refusal of Senate Democrats to confirm qualified nominees from across the Fourth Circuit - even when they, like Judge Diaz, were uncontroversial, and had unwavering home state support.After the treatment some of these nominees were subjected to, I am impressed that we still have high caliber nominees like Judge Diaz who step forward to go through the nominations process. It is a proud day that Judge Diaz is getting the vote that so many never did."

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, located in Richmond, Virginia, hears federal appeals from cases filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. While North Carolina is the most populous state in the Fourth Circuit, the state can presently claim only two judges on the fifteen judge bench.