With last week’s confirmation of Nashville, Tenn., lawyer Jane Stranch to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, there’s a new focus in the sparring over judicial nominees.

Albert Diaz, a nominee for the 4th Circuit, has been waiting longer for Senate confirmation than any other pending appellate nominee. President Barack Obama nominated Diaz, a former military judge now on the North Carolina trial bench, in November 2009. Diaz has awaited a vote since getting the unanimous support of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January.

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