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Aug 28, 2014 3:07 PM by Associated Press

California Supreme Court pick confirmed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to the California Supreme Court has been confirmed.

The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments on Thursday unanimously confirmed Stanford University law professor Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar to the state's highest court. The Mexican-born legal scholar and registered Democrat will be the court's only Latino.

The 41-year-old Cuellar will fill a vacancy created by the retirement in January of conservative Justice Marvin Baxter. His name will also be placed on the November ballot, so voters can decide whether to keep him on for a 12-year term.

Cuellar faced no opposition. After three witnesses testified in support of him, the commission voted on his confirmation with no debate.

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