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Washington • The Senate is expected to confirm the appointment of Utah Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Carolyn McHugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed to move McHugh's nomination to a full Senate vote. McHugh, who has faced no vocal opposition, would be the first Utah woman to serve on the federal appellate court that covers Utah and five other states. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee support McHugh's nomination.

President Barack Obama tapped the Utah judge for the spot last year. But since her nomination wasn't voted on, the president had to resubmit her name again this year.

If confirmed, McHugh will replace Judge Michael Murphy, who has taken senior status and hears fewer cases.