The Senate voted 71-0 Friday to confirm R. Hewitt Pate to head the Department
of Justice 's Antitrust Division, succeeding Charles James, who resigned last
Pate will oversee the division's review of the pending merger between News
Corp. and DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics Corp.
Pate worked closely with Charles in deciding to block EchoStar Communications
Corp.'s bid to acquire Hughes last year.