Dec 21, 2010 7:02 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the appointment of Denver attorney William Martinez to the U.S. District Court in Colorado.
The U.S. Senate approved Martinez by a vote of 58-37 on Tuesday. The vote came nearly two years after Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet recommended him to the bench. President Barack Obama nominated Martinez in February.
Colorado hasn't had a full roster of judges for nearly three years and Chief Judge Wiley Daniel had warned that the judge shortage was slowing down proceedings.
Judge R. Brooke Jackson, chief judge for the state's 1st Judicial District for Jefferson and Gilpin counties, has been nominated to fill the other remaining vacancy on the court.