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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

Bacharach sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, but his nomination stalled in July when Senate Republicans — hoping Mitt Romney would win the presidency and make his own judicial nominations — refused to allow votes on appeals court judges before the presidential election.

Both of Oklahoma's Republican senators endorsed Bacharach for the appeals court position, though neither voted to help break a GOP filibuster of his confirmation vote.

The 10th Circuit Court is a step below the U.S. Supreme Court. The seat for which Bacharach has been nominated has been vacant since July 2010.

Bacharach, 53, has been a U.S. magistrate judge since 1999 for the Western District of Oklahoma and has handled nearly 3,000 criminal and civil matters. He received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association after being nominated last year.

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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