George Hazel, 38, Nominated for Federal Bench

President Obama has nominated George Hazel, a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgetown Law for a U.S. District Judge The Baltimore Sun reports:

The nominee, George J. Hazel, 38, was hired to join Gregg L. Bernstein’s team shortly after his election as State’s Attorney in 2010. Hazel oversees felony cases including those handled by the office’s major investigations, homicide and special victims units.

Hazel was a U.S. prosecutor in Washington and Baltimore before joining the city office in 2011.

“We at the State’s Attorney’s Office are enormously proud that President Obama has nominated George for this distinguished and important position,” Bernstein said in an email.

“George has been a valued and integral partner in Baltimore’s crime fight, and I am confident his considerable talents and skills will make him an excellent United States District Judge.”

There is one spot on the federal bench in Maryland currently vacant, with another set to open up in January. President Obama nominated Hazel for one of the seats and Theodore Chuang, a lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security, for the other.


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