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Panel confirms UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to California Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A U.C. Berkeley law professor whose nomination to a federal appeals court was blocked by Senate Republicans is about to become a member of the California Supreme Court.
The state's three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously voted to approve Liu's nomination by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. The governor was scheduled to swear Liu in on Thursday.
Several influential Republican senators who took exception to Liu's outspoken opposition to Samuel Alito's 2006 appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court prevented Liu from becoming a member of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after President Barack Obama's nomination last year.
Brown nominated Liu to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Carlos Moreno, the high court's only Latino.
Of the 1,500 letters the judicial commission received, only about two dozen opposed Liu's appointment.