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Gibney’s committee appearance brief

Updated at 10 p.m., April 28, with a link to the hearing. Gibney’s segment begins 124 minutes and 50 seconds into the hearing.

Richmond lawyer John A. Gibney spent less than 15 minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon in his quest for a federal judgeship in Richmond.

Gibney appeared to benefit from the greater interest of committee members in U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny from Connecticut whom President Obama has nominated for a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Most committee members had drifted away during the two hours-plus that Chatigny was questioned and left only Sen. Amy Klobular, D-Minn., who chaired the hearing, and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to interview Gibney.

After a few minutes of perfunctory questions, Klobuchar ended the session by noting that the record on Gibney would remain open for a week. “We’re all impressed by your credentials,” Klobular told Gibney.

Virginia’s Democratic senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, introduced Gibney and thanked the committee for scheduling his hearing promptly.

Webb and Warner recommended Gibney to Obama in September to fill the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne took senior status.

Obama nominated Gibney for the seat two weeks ago, and Warner thanked the committee for scheduling his hearing promptly.

The next step is a vote by the committee. If he clears the committee as expected, the Senate could act on the appointment at any time.

Gibney is a partner in the firm of ThompsonMcMullan. He frequently represents state constitutional officers in state and federal court.

By Alan Cooper

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