Monday, August 22, 2005

Martinez Nelson team up

The Daily Business Review follows up on the new JNC with an article here. "The new Federal Judicial Nominating Commission formed by Republican U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson marks something of a return to the bipartisan, collaborative model employed by former Sens. Con-nie Mack and Bob Graham in the 1990s. The 56-member statewide JNC announced last week, while heavy with Republicans, includes some Democrats. Martinez, who was elected last November, oversaw the process, while Nelson, elected in 2000, picked about a quarter of the members. According to Skip Dalton, general counsel for Martinez, the two senators will also collaborate on final picks before they’re sent to the White House."
The article explains that while mostly made up of Republicans, there "are a handful of Democrats" which include: "Mark Schnapp, a former federal prosecutor and a partner at Greenberg Traurig in Miami; Michael Hanzman of Hanzman & Criden in Miami; and Steven E. Chaykin, a former federal prosecutor and a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami."

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