Colm Connolly

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Colm Connolly
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United States Attorney for the District of Delaware
In office
September 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Carl Schnee
Succeeded by Charles M. Oberly III
Personal details
Born Colm Felix Connolly
(1964-10-18) October 18, 1964 (age 53)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Education University of Notre Dame (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)
Duke University School of Law (JD)

Colm Felix Connolly (born October 18, 1964[1]) is a former United States Attorney for the district of Delaware and is a nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He is best known for his prosecution of Thomas J. Capano for capital murder. Connolly would later be portrayed by Steven Eckholdt and make a cameo appearance in the made-for-television movie based on the murder, And Never Let Her Go (2001), directed by Peter Levin.

Failed district court nomination under Bush[edit]

Connolly has previously been nominated for a seat on the District Court. On February 26, 2008, Connolly was nominated by George W. Bush for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware seat vacated by Kent A. Jordan in 2006. Although Connolly received a unanimous well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association, the Senate Judiciary Committee did not afford him a hearing and therefore his nomination to the federal bench expired at the conclusion of the Senate's term in 2008. Nominees need both U.S. Senators to sign off on their nominations. Only Senator Tom Carper did; Senator Joe Biden did not. [2]

Connolly was succeeded by Charles M. Oberly, III, with David C. Weiss serving as acting United States Attorney in the interim.

Renomination to district court under Trump[edit]

On December 20, 2017 his renomination was announced and sent to the Senate.[3] He has been nominated to the seat vacated by Sue Lewis Robinson who took senior status on February 3, 2017. His nomination is now pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[4]


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Carl Schnee
United States Attorney for the District of Delaware
Succeeded by
Charles M. Oberly III