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The senate elevates a former public defender to become a federal court judge

Judge Sarah Merriam
Sarah Merriam
Image released by the office of Sarah Merriam.
The Senate has confirmed Judge Sarah Merriam to serve on the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sarah Merriam to a seat on the bench of the Federal District Court in Connecticut.

She is the first ex-public defender to serve in the District of Connecticut since 1964.

To give us some insight into who she is and what this means for you and me, Christopher Kang joined "All Things Considered."

He is Chief Counsel for Demand Justice, an advocacy group that promotes progressive judicial nominees.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.