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Senate confirms Cuban-born judge to 11th Circuit

After filibuster, Senate approves Cuban-born judge for 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Senate has confirmed the first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Atlanta-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan was confirmed Wednesday by a 94-5 vote after several days of procedural delays.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul held up the confirmation because he wanted a vote on his unrelated bill to block U.S. financial aid to Egypt. He has not been granted a vote.

It has been four months since Jordan's nomination received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate had voted Monday to end Paul's filibuster, but had to delay a confirmation vote until Wednesday under its rules.

Jordan had clerked for now-retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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