07.31.2010 0

Too Hot Not to Note: U.S. Senate Republicans Derail Judge Chatigny’s Appeals Court Nomination

  • On: 08/09/2010 22:08:45
  • In: Appointments
  • ALG Editor’s Note: Americans for Limited Government successfully ran ads in Nevada and Vermont opposing the Chatigny nomination, which is currently “derailed” according to the Hartford Courant. It is important to note that the nomination is predicted to be re-submitted by the Obama Administration in the fall:

    U.S. Senate Republicans Derail Judge Chatigny’s Appeals Court Nomination

    By Edmund H. Mahony

    U.S. Senate Republicans have derailed President Obama’s nomination of Hartford district judge Robert N. Chatigny to the federal appeals court, likely postponing the controversial appointment to next year when partisan opposition is expected to grow.

    The Senate’s minority Republicans invoked a procedural rule which has the effect of removing Chatigny’s nomination from the Senate – where it had not reached a final vote – and returning it to the White House.

    Observers said Obama is likely to renominate Chatigny after the Senate’s summer recess. But they said the Judiciary committee is unlikely to act upon the nomination, for what would be a second time, until after what is expected to be an increasingly Republican Senate is convened following the November election.

    Obama nominated Chatigny to the influential U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on the recommendation of a selection committee chosen by Connecticut Senators Christopher Dodd, a Democrat, and independent Joseph Lieberman.

    The nomination is opposed by Judiciary committee Republicans who say Chatigny exceeded his judicial authority when he intervened in the case of notorious, serial killer Michael B. Ross and postponed Ross’s execution.

    “It’s disappointing that Republican objections caused Judge Chatigny’s nomination to be sent back to the White House. I continue to believe that he would be an outstanding addition to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and I urge President Obama to re-nominate Judge Chatigny for this vacancy.”

    A spokesman for Lieberman said: “Senator Lieberman supported Judge Chatigny’s nomination, and it is his hope that his nomination is eventually considered this year by the entire Senate.”

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