Federal judges tend to avoid getting publicly involved in U.S. Senate confirmation battles, but a judge on the 2nd Circuit became an exception last week with a nomination involving one of his former clerks. Senior Judge Jon Newman has called at least one senator to lobby on behalf of the nomination of Robert Chatigny to the same New York-based appeals court. Chatigny has run into heated opposition from Senate Republicans, and the criticism has been strong enough to prompt a defense from Newman.
2nd Circuit Judge Puts Out a Call for Controversial Judicial Nominee
The National Law Journal
September 27, 2010