By Gary Martin
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's first nominee for a judicial vacancy in Texas, U.S. Magistrate Judge Diana Saldaña of Laredo, was approved by a Senate panel Thursday.
Saldaña is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate and would fill one of seven judicial vacancies in Texas that are creating a crisis as court cases pile up from increased drug and immigration cases along the border.
“Hopefully she can be confirmed in the next month or so. There is nothing controversial about her,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
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