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President Barack Obama re-nominates Robert E. Bacharach for U.S. appeals court

The Oklahoma City magistrate's nomination got caught up in presidential politics last year as Republicans began blocking confirmation votes for circuit court judges
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm •  Published: January 4, 2013
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— Robert E. Bacharach, whose nomination to a federal appeals court was blocked by Senate Republicans for the last six months of 2012, was re-nominated Thursday by President Barack Obama.

Bacharach, a U.S. magistrate judge in Oklahoma City, has strong bipartisan support, but his nomination for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals got caught up last year in presidential politics.

Obama resubmitted 33 judicial nominations that effectively died with the adjournment of the last Congress. The new Congress began Thursday.

The president said the nominees “could have and should have been confirmed before the Senate adjourned.”

“Several have been awaiting a vote for more than six months, even though they all enjoy bipartisan support. I continue to be grateful for their willingness to serve and remain confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity,” Obama said.

“I urge the Senate to consider and confirm these nominees without delay, so all Americans can have equal and timely access to justice.”

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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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