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Mainer's Judicial Nomination Hearing Delayed
12/19/2013 10:02 AM ET  

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Senate Republicans invoked an obscure legislative rule to delay a Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge John Levy of Portland to the federal bench.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Senate Republicans in Washington have postponed a hearing for an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court who's been nominated to serve on the federal bench.

John Levy of Portland was supposed to appear before the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

But Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Senate Republicans invoked an obscure legislative rule to delay the hearing.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Levy was supposed to appear at the hearing along with four other nominees.

Levy, who has served on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 2002, was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for the District Court of Maine in September.

The Judiciary Committee must recommend Levy and his nomination must be approved by the full Senate.


 

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