From Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald:
The next generation of federal judges in South Florida — aiming to fill five openings on the bench — will soon be picked by President Donald Trump.
The unprecedented number of vacancies will give Trump the opportunity to reshape the federal court in the Southern District of Florida.
A panel of influential power brokers appointed by both U.S. senators in Florida recently pared down the list of 45 initial applicants to just 10. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat, will interview them and recommend all 10 or just five to the president. …
In the meantime, while Rubio, Nelson and Trump decide the fate of the 10 South Florida finalists in the coming months, the nominee for U.S. attorney in Miami has still not been named by the president.
For that post, Rubio bypassed the longstanding process of using the 35-member Federal Judicial Nominating Commission in South Florida to recommend candidates. So far, none of his picks for U.S. attorney in Miami has panned out.
His latest recommendation for the position, Ariana Fajardo, a Miami-Dade circuit judge in family court who had worked as a state prosecutor, didn't pass muster with the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions and the White House, according to sources familiar with the process.
Rubio's office did not respond to numerous requests for comment.
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