President Barack Obama has renominated all but one of the judicial nominees who had not received an up-or-down vote when the Senate adjourned in December, The Huffington Post reports.
Among the 42 renominated are the four individuals who were explicitly excluded from confirmation discussions during the lame-duck session: former ACS Board Chair Goodwin Liu, an associate dean and law professor nominated to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and district court nominees Edward Chen, Louis Butler, and John McConnell.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny of Connecticut was not renominated. Republicans opposed his nomination because of a controversial incident in which he warned a defense lawyer in a state capital case that his law license would be in peril if he did not do more to delay the execution of his client, The Blog of Legal Times reports. The man was later executed, but Chatigny said during his confirmation hearings that he should have handled the situation differently.
The Senate adjourned in December without having voted on 19 of the 34 nominees that had been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Another 24 nominees had not yet been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There are now 98 vacancies on the federal courts subject to Senate confirmation, half of which have been deemed judicial emergencies. Visit JudicialNominations.org to see the full list of pending nominees and follow developments.