A judicial philosopher has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.T. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously unanimously voted on Wednesday to name a jurist named by President Donald Trump, his nominee for the vacant District Court seat vacated by Judge William Alsup in the 2016 death of Ferguson, Mo.
Trump nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to fill the vacant seat, which Alsup vacated after the acquittal of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in August 2016.
The U.L.A. Times first reported the news.
The nomination was made on the recommendation of the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, Chief Justice John Roberts, who had earlier urged Kennedy to be confirmed, according to the Times.
The three-member panel, which also included Roberts, unanimously decided that Alsup’s ruling that Wilson’s shooting was justified was correct.
Alsup also ruled in June that Ferguson’s police department did not have probable cause to detain Wilson after the teen’s death, but instead that Wilson acted in self-defense.