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Joseph A. Greenaway - CONFIRMED
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
President Obama has nominated Joseph A. Greenaway, United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey, to fill the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that has been vacant since Justice Samuel Alito was elevated to the Supreme Court in 2005. The Third Circuit covers the federal districts within New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Nominated to the federal district court at age 39 after practicing law as a commercial litigator, a criminal prosecutor, and in-house counsel, Judge Greenaway has developed an extensive judicial record, authoring approximately 850 opinions. In his thirteen years on the bench, Judge Greenaway has developed a reputation as a centrist who displays a moderate temperament, evenhandedness toward the government and private litigants, and a keen intelligence. A review of his record shows that he takes the facts of each case one by one, without professing allegiance to a larger interpretational framework or ideology, and that he is willing to examine the nuances of a given case as well as engage any larger constitutional issues at play. On the whole his decisions are well within the legal mainstream, and his opinions display sensitivity to the plight and rights of plaintiffs and criminal defendants.
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