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Senate confirms Wynn for 4th Circuit seat

A North Carolina judge nominated for promotion more than a decade ago finally has been cleared to join the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Associated Press reports.

Judge James Wynn Jr. was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a seat on the intermediate appellate court, which covers Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. President Barack Obama nominated Wynn last fall. He first was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1999 but was not confirmed. Wynn currently sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Wynn was nominated to the federal appeals court with Charlotte judge Albert Diaz. Diaz was not confirmed by the Senate with Wynn late Thursday. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., says she will work to get Diaz confirmed as quickly as possible.

- Deborah Elkins

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