Two Federal Judge Seats Still Open In SD

(Pierre, SD) — Two federal judge seats are still open in South Dakota despite a busy caseload. The state’s U.S. District Court has had a judicial vacancy waiting to be filled by President Joe Biden’s administration for the last 20 months. Veronica Duffy, a federal magistrate judge in Sioux Falls, is the latest candidate to be recommended from South Dakota for the district bench. Officials say not having the allotted number of full-time judges for nearly two years in civil and criminal courts is a problem that’s bigger than politics. John Thune, the Senate Minority Whip, and Mike Rounds have been watched closely by South Dakota Democrats for signs of impeding the judicial nomination process.

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