January 13, 2014

Cardin Applauds Senate Confirmation Of Judge Robert Wilkins To The D.C. Court Of Appeals

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD lauded the confirmation of Judge Robert L. Wilkins to fill a long-vacant seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2010 Judge Wilkins was unanimously confirmed to sit as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in November Wilkins fell victim to a Republican filibuster.


“I had the pleasure of introducing Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the Judiciary Committee some months ago. Tonight I am pleased that the Senate has finally voted to allow such a qualified nominee to sit on the Nation’s second highest court,” said Senator Cardin. “As a plaintiff, as a jurist, and someone with a lifelong record of public service, Judge Wilkins has shown himself as eminently qualified to fill a seat on the important D.C Court of Appeals.”


Judge Wilkins served as the lead plaintiff in Wilkins, et al. v. State of Maryland, a civil rights lawsuit against the Maryland State Police for a traffic stop they conducted of Judge Wilkins and his family in 1992. The American Bar Association gave the judge Wilkins a rating of “unanimously well qualified”- the highest possible from the nonpartisan peer review.

Senator Cardin introduced S. 1038, the End Racial Profiling Act--ERPA--which would codify many of the practices established by the  Maryland State Police to root out the use of racial profiling by law enforcement after Wilkins, et al.