By: Daily Record Staff//June 16, 2011
By: Daily Record Staff//June 16, 2011//
The nomination of Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green is being forwarded to the full Senate for possible confirmation.
The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary agreed Thursday by voice vote to advance the nomination after discussing it in closed session. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s ranking majority member, had indicated last week that further discussion was needed on Green’s nomination. His office did not return a call for clarification.
“I am pleased the committee has approved Mike Green’s nomination and look forward to a final Senate vote to install him on the federal bench where he belongs,” said U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, who serves on the committee. “Mike’s lifetime of service protecting the people of Rochester and Western New York has prepared him well for a federal judgeship and I am confident he will excel in that job. His moderate and thoughtful approach to the law will be a tremendous asset to the Western District Court.”
Green, a Democrat who has been district attorney for nearly eight years, was nominated by President Barack Obama upon Schumer’s recommendation. His nomination has also been supported by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Green is being tapped to eventually replace U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer who was elevated to senior status more than two years ago, but continues to work full time.
Green also served as an assistant Monroe County district attorney for 17 years; three of which he was responsible for all homicide prosecutions. He has been capital crimes prosecutor, deputy chief of the Major Felony Bureau, chief of the DWI Bureau and trial attorney in the Major Felony Bureau.
Green has also focused on improving law enforcement across the country and has served as a faculty member for the National College of District Attorneys at the National Advocacy Center.