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Trump Pushes Cullen Past Two Vetted Jurists For Federal Judgeship

As first reported by the Roanoke Times, the White House appears to be pushing a Charlottesville-based prosecutor for an open seat on the federal bench ahead of two judges already vetted by bar associations and green-lighted by the home-state U.S. Senators.
Thomas Cullen has won several federal hate-crime convictions. (Hawes Spencer)

As first reported by The Roanoke Times, the White House appears to be pushing a Charlottesville-based prosecutor for an open seat on the federal bench ahead of two judges already vetted by bar associations and green-lighted by the home-state U.S. Senators.

Hawes Spencer:  University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias says there's little to dislike about Thomas Cullen, who won hate crime convictions against four men including the notorious killer of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer.

Carl Tobias:  He's been very aggressive and so far very successful in prosecuting white nationalists.

Spencer:  Tobias says Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner are upset that President Trump could be trying to bypass a Senate-based vetting process.

Tobias:  The easiest way to resolve this dispute is for Cullen to submit to the process, and then the Senators will have to make a decision.

The Western District federal judgeship has been considered open since late 2017 when Judge Glen Conrad went into semi-retirement.

 

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