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OPEN SEASON - Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea has told President Trump that he plans to take senior status, creating the potential for another seat for the president to fill. Ross Todd reports that Bea, 85, said he’ll assume senior status upon the confirmation of a replacement. The court now has six Trump appointees among its 27 current active judges. The nomination of Daniel Bress, a Kirkland & Ellis appellate partner, is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee while one other seat remains vacant without a current nominee.

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