Committee clears judicial nominee Robert E. Bacharach again for Senate vote

The nomination of Robert E. Bacharach, of Oklahoma City, to be the next 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge will be considered by the full Senate after a panel cleared the selection for the second time in eight months.
by Chris Casteel Modified: February 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

Bacharach's nomination effectively died when the last Congress adjourned, but President Barack Obama quickly resubmitted the nomination. The committee did not require Bacharach — or two other nominees cleared Thursday — to appear at another hearing.

About the court

The 10th Circuit Court is one of the federal appeals courts a step below the U.S. Supreme Court; it hears cases from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. The seat for which Bacharach has been nominated has been open since July 2010.

Oklahoma City attorney Dan Webber, a former U.S. attorney who traveled to Washington last year to ask Republicans to allow votes on Bacharach and other nominees, said Thursday, “I appreciate the behind-the-scenes work our senators did to get Judge Bacharach's nomination back through the committee this early in the new session.

“I look forward to his confirmation by the full Senate very soon.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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