President Obama nominates three judges for seats in federal district court in the Philadelphia area

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 5:22 p.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three judges for seats on the federal district court in the Philadelphia area.

Obama nominated Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, Luis Felipe Restrepo, and Jeffrey L. Schmehl for judgeships on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

If confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate, the judges would fill three of six vacancies on the 22-judge court.

Federal judges are paid an annual salary of $174,000 and are appointed for life.

The vacancies were created with the death of U.S. Judge Thomas M. Golden of Reading, and when U.S. Judge Anita Brody became a senior judge in 2009 and U.S. Judge R. Barclay Surrick III became a senior judge in February 2011.

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