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President George W. Bush has nominated two people to fill judicial vacancies in Washington, D.C., courts. On Tuesday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Noel Kramer was picked for a slot on the nine-judge D.C. Court of Appeals, while D.C. federal prosecutor Jennifer Anderson was named to Superior Court. Both judgeships carry 15-year terms and must be approved by the Senate. Kramer, who currently presides over the Criminal Division, would replace Judge John Steadman, who retired in August. Kramer, 58, has been a Superior Court judge for 20 years. Prior to joining the local bench, Kramer was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District. As head of the Criminal Division on the Superior Court, Kramer has overseen the creation of the Community Court — a pilot program intended to match offenders with social service programs in an effort to keep them from returning to the court system. D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Rufus King III says Kramer has the skills to become a good appellate judge. “She’s thoughtful. She researches things carefully,” King says. “She is also great at working with colleagues. “We are sorry to see her go,” King adds. “She has made tremendous contributions to this court.” Anderson, 45, is a deputy chief of the homicide section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If confirmed, Anderson would fill the spot vacated by Judge Steffen Graae, who stepped down in July. Anderson joined the federal prosecutor’s office in 1991 and is known as one of its veteran homicide prosecutors. She was also one of the original members of the community prosecution pilot program launched in 1996. Two others nominated in May for Superior Court vacancies are still awaiting action from the Senate. They are Superior Court Magistrate Judge Juliet McKenna and Laura Cordero, executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for external affairs in the District.

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