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Allard Requests Senate Judicial Hearing for Phil Brimmer

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Location: Walden, CO


American Bar Association Unanimously Determines Brimmer to be the Highest Rated Nominee to Fill Colorado Judicial Vacancies; Allard Asks Judiciary Committee Leadership for Hearing for All Three Colorado Nominees

U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) today responded to the American Bar Association's (ABA) recently released ratings of the three judicial nominees slated to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The ABA rated Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Brimmer ‘Well Qualified,' their highest rating, while rating the other two Colorado judicial nominees Christine Arguello and Gregory Goldberg ‘Qualified.'

"It would be an outrage if the one judicial nominee with an ‘Outstanding' rating from the ABA is left out of the hearing process for political purposes," said Allard. "Phil Brimmer has not only received the highest rating the ABA can give, but professional praise from the Colorado legal community; Republicans and Democrats alike."

Brimmer has been endorsed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Denver D.A. Mitchell Morrissey, Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid and a bipartisan array of members of the Colorado legal community.

"It is imperative that these three vacancies be filled immediately to avoid a judicial disaster," Allard said today in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ranking Member Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. "I look forward to working with both of you in order to get these three nominees confirmed before the conclusion of this session of Congress."

On September 2, Allard's fellow Colorado Senator Ken Salazar requested the Senate Judiciary Committee hold hearings for Arguello and Goldberg. Allard has been in discussions with Ranking Member Specter and is hopeful that all three nominees will receive a committee hearing next week when Congress returns to session.

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