The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed Hartford attorney Michael Shea for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. Shea will fill one of two vacancies among active judges on the eight-judge court, replacing Christopher Droney, whom President Obama elevated to the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011. Shea also was nominated to his position on the District Court by Obama.
Shea's confirmation, as is the case with about 20 other federal court nominees, had been held up by partisan rancor in the Senate. When sworn in, he will join a District Court in Connecticut whose ranks have become so thin that judges from elsewhere in the country are being imported to help carry the case load.
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