The flap over Judge Cebull’s email is controversial.
But Judge Cebull’s record as a tribal court judge raises a completely different question for me. How many federal court judges previously served as a tribal court judges? Does it help or hurt their nominations?
Sen. Leahy mentioned Judge Cebull’s record as a tribal court judge in passing, and in a positive light. See the hearing testimony in this PDF at page 45, the first page of the document.
Tribal court experience didn’t seem to help Arvo Mikkanen’s nomination, unfortunately.
Does anyone know about other examples?