Obama again picks Utah justice to be federal judge


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama is again nominating Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish to serve as a federal judge.

The White House announced the selection for U.S. District Court in Utah on Wednesday. The U.S. Senate must confirm the nomination.

Obama also picked Parrish in September, but the Senate didn’t vote on the nomination and it lapsed.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch tells the Salt Lake Tribune he expects the judgeship to be approved before the end of the month.

Parrish is now one of two women serving on the state’s five-member Supreme Court, where she’s been a justice since 2003. She was nominated by Republican Gov. Mike Leavitt.

The Ogden native and graduated from Weber State University and Yale law school. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1995 to 2003.

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