Colorado judge backed for Supreme Court
U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello is a Latina, a Democrat and young enough to serve decades on the U.S. Supreme Court.Several interest groups are lobbying President Barack Obama to appoint a woman and a Latino to the court after Justice David Souter announced he was leaving.Arguello fits that basic criteria and has told The Pueblo Chieftan that she would be willing to withstand the vetting process for the open seat.She told the newspaper that she was asked last week by people “in direct contact with the White House if she would be willing to go through the intense scrutiny” that would occur if Obama nominates her.Arguello, 53, declined to comment about the possibility of being nominated to the Supreme Court when contacted Tuesday. The White House did not return a call seeking comment about Arguello.In October, Arguello was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the lifetime appointment to Denver’s federal district court after her nomination by President George W. Bush.Arguello was born in Thatcher and raised in Buena Vista, the daughter of a railroad laborer. She and her husband, Ron, have four children.Arguello was the first Latina from Colorado to attend Harvard Law School and the first minority partner at the Denver firm Holland & Hart. She also served as Ken Salazar’s chief deputy in the Colorado attorney general’s office.In 2006, Arguello was hired as senior associate counsel at the University of Colorado. While there, she took the position that children of illegal immigrants who were born in the U.S. should be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities.In March, Arguello decided that Steven Howards, a Beaver Creek man suing the U.S. Secret Service over his arrest during an encounter with Dick Cheney, could depose the former vice president. She also denied a motion by lawyers for the Secret Service agents to toss the suit.Denver Post staff researcher Barry Osborne contributed to this report.