First Circuit Nomination Surprise: William Smith
Eagle-eyed William Felkner calls my attention to this news-breaking White House Press Release…
Nominations Sent to the Senate
Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013. (Reappointment)
Ricardo H. Hinojosa, of Texas, to be Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. (Reappointment)
Michael E. Horowitz, of Maryland, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2013. (Reappointment)
Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, vice Donald J. Stohr, retired.
Ed Schafer, of North Dakota, to be Secretary of Agriculture, vice Mike Johanns, resigned.
William E. Smith, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit, vice Bruce M. Selya, retired.
George W. Venables, of California, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of California for the term of four years, vice Raul David Bejarano.
Apparently, the nomination is only a suprise with respect to the very recent round of Robert Corrente-or-Robert Flanders speculation. William Smith’s name was mentioned about a year ago as one of the frontrunners for the position for the seat being vacated by Judge Selya in a Projo article by Scott MacKay.
Here’s some more biographical information on Judge Smith, from the White House website.
And John Mulligan and G. Wayne Miller have a story on the nomination in today’s Projo, including the initial reactions from Rhode Island’s Senators…
As they had the day that Mr. Bush nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond to the federal District Court last month, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse declined to be interviewed about Smith’s nomination.
Instead, the Rhode Island Democrats, who will enjoy much deference from their colleagues as the Senate weighs the nomination, issued a noncommittal joint statement.
“Rhode Islanders deserve to have highly qualified judges who are thoughtful and independent,” said Reed and Whitehouse. “Before giving someone a lifetime appointment to the federal bench we need to carefully review their record. We will be sure to give Judge Smith’s nomination thorough and independent review.”