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Trump Nominates Superior Court Judge From Newtown To Federal Bench

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — President Donald Trump has nominated state Superior Court Judge Kari A. Dooley, a Newtown resident and a former federal prosecutor, to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) recommended Dooley’s nomination.

“We are pleased the White House has agreed with our recommendation to nominate Kari Dooley as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut,” Blumenthal and Murphy said Wednesday.

"Judge Dooley has extensive experience in civil and criminal matters having appeared in federal court as an assistant U.S. attorney and presiding in state court as a superior court judge. She has a well-deserved reputation for her tireless work ethic, a high standard of integrity, and an admirable judicial temperament. Most importantly, she has earned the deep respect of her colleagues and peers," the senators said.

Dooley, 54, has presided over about 70 criminal and civil trials. She was appointed to the bench by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2004. She currently serves at Waterbury Superior Court, and her post would have expired in 2021.

She previously served as a federal criminal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Connecticut for 12 years, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal and federal cases, including the sexual assault of minors, and multiple white-collar fraud cases.

She was one of 10 judicial nominees announced Wednesday by Trump. If approved by the Senate, she would replace U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny, who recently moved to senior status.

Dooley served in the private practice of Whitman and Ransom in Greenwich from 1988 to 1992.

She graduated from Cornell University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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