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Obama Sustains First Loss on Judicial Nominations


by The Federalist Society
Posted January 06, 2011, 2:14 PM

The Blog of Legal Times reports that while President Obama has re-nominated almost all of his judicial picks that the Senate did not confirm by the end of 2010, he did not re-nominate Judge Robert Chatigny for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Chatigny thus becomes the first Obama judicial nominee to fail to receive confirmation.

Many Republicans opposed Judge Chatigny's confirmation because of his actions in a state capital case as a federal district judge in Connecticut. During a conference call, he warned a defense lawyer that he would have the lawyer's license if he did not work harder to delay his client's execution.

An ethics inquiry followed, but a panel of three other federal judges cleared Judge Chatigny of wrongdoing.

Among the judges who have experienced Republican opposition but whom the President decided to re-nominate were Goodwin Liu from the University of California, Berkeley; former state supreme court justice Louis Butler Jr.; federal magistrate Edward Chen; and Motley Price partner John McConnell Jr.

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