In a split vote this week, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee decided to recommend that Ms. Su Chon not be confirmed to the Third District Court. If you would like insight on why they made that decision, here is the audio of the conversation prior to the committee vote. Ms. Chon’s opening statement is also worth consideration.
You can find the full meeting audio here.
At this point, the senate appears to be divided. Discussion continues. Expect a thoughtful debate when the senate convenes Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to consider the recommendation and make a vote.
Utah’s judicial selection utilizes a merit-based process comprised of four interdependent components: nominating commissions, gubernatorial appointment, senate confirmation, and retention election. The judicial selection process is designed to select highly qualified and skilled judges that are selected by merit, without regard to partisan political consideration.
The confirmation committee also interviewed James T. Blanch, the governor’s other judicial nominee, and voted to give him a positive recommendation.
[Update:] On Wednesday, Su Chon was confirmed by the Utah Senate. The vote was 17-10. James T. Blanch was also confirmed.