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Scranton Times Tribune: Judge Vanaskie nominated to higher federal court

Judge Thomas Vanaskie


President Barack Obama on Friday nominated a longtime Scranton federal judge to sit on an appeals court one step below the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Vanaskie, 55, is a scholar athlete from Shamokin who once considered a career as professional football player before going to law school. He has spent the last 15 years on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Scranton, presiding over more than 400 trials.

If the nomination to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is approved by the Senate, his days of presiding over trials will be over.

"I'll miss it," Judge Van-askie said, sitting in his fourth-floor chambers overlooking Courthouse Square in Scranton, which he will keep even if he goes to the Third Circuit Court, the appeals court that reviews court cases on appeal from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands.

Judge Vanaskie said knew the nomination was coming. The news came Thursday evening about 7 in a phone call from Sen. Bob Casey while he was sitting at his desk in the federal courthouse in Scranton.

"I wanted to shout it from the top of the building, but I was told to stay quiet," Judge Vanaskie said. The White House announced the nomination Friday morning.

http://www.scrantontimes.com/news/judge_vanaskie_nomina...


More on his nomination and its impact on the 3rd Circuit here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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