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U.S. Judge Denny Chin Finally Confirmed For Appeals Court

A courtroom artist's sketch of U.S. District Judge Denny Chin during the Bernard Madoff trial. Christine Cornell/AP Photo hide caption

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The U.S. Senate has finally confirmed U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin to be elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit which is based in New York City.

Chin becomes will become the only Asian American actively serving on the nation's federal appellate court system.

His confirmation was delayed by a secret hold by a Republican senator, one of many nominees whose confirmations were so delayed.

NPR's David Welna reported the following for the network's newscast:

DAVID: Denny Chin won Senate confirmation more than six months after President Obama nominated him for the nation's second highest court.

He was among about two dozen court nominees who'd been recommended for confirmation by the Judiciary Committee but were blocked on the Senate floor by secret holds placed by individual senators.

This week Democrats forced votes on the nominations of Chin and Third Circuit nominee Thomas Vanaskie, who was also confirmed. Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill is circulating a petition among colleagues to put an end to such holds.

MCCASKILL: We hopefully will get unanimous support from the United States senators that secret holds are now out of fashion and no longer are going to be tolerated in the United States Senate.

DAVID: McCaskill says about eighty secret holds are still bottling up the president's nominees.