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State high court nominee Cuellar sails through confirmation hearing
State high court nominee Cuellar sails through confirmation hearing

Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown for a seat on the California Supreme Court, sailed through his confirmation hearing Thursday after a state bar evaluating panel gave him its highest rating. Cuellar, 41, a Mexican immigrant with degrees from some of the most illustrious U.S. colleges, will be the only Latino on the seven-member high court and one of only two Democratic appointees. Dominated for decades by Republican appointees, the influential court is undergoing a transformation that is likely to send it in a more liberal direction. The unanimous approval of Cuellar by the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments clears the way...

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