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Sri Srinivasan, the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, was unanimously confirmed by the full Senate today to become the first circuit court judge of South Asian descent. USA Today has an excellent profile of him by Richard Wolf. Here's an excerpt:
The issue before the Supreme Court was the Defense of Marriage Act, and the smooth-talking native of India representing the United States of America at the podium had a tough argument to make.
Why, Chief Justice John Roberts wanted to know, was the government not only refusing to defend the law, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, but arguing the other side — all while continuing to enforce it?
From his post feet away from the nine justices March 27, Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan calmly explained what Roberts called a "totally unprecedented" situation. Along the way, the mathematics professor's son sprinkled in references to numerators, denominators and algorithms, the statutes 28 U.S.C. 530(d) and 28 U.S.C. 1254, and the precedents established by INS v.Chadha, United States v. Lovett and Turner Broadcasting v. FCC.
A rare moment of unanimity in the Senate. Srinivasan is a likely nominee for a future Supreme Court vacancy. Congrats to him, and thanks to Leader Reid for refusing to postpone the confirmation vote.
(Hat tip: Walter Dellinger)