Sunday, December 02, 2007

Fed judgeship for former patent boss Rogan blocked by Boxer

Former USPTO Director Rogan has run into a roadblock in the form of Senator Barbara Boxer.

The San Jose Mercury News notes:

Bush nominated Rogan a year ago to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and renominated him in January when the new Democratic-controlled Congress convened.

However, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has a policy of not advancing judicial nominees who don't have the support of their home-state senators, and neither Boxer nor Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has committed to supporting Rogan, according to committee spokeswoman Erica Chabot.

Now, Boxer is blocking the nomination of former USPTO director and former GOP Rep. James E. Rogan to the federal bench, citing his lead role in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton as one of her concerns.

IPBiz remembers a line from Rogan as Director: "Because she could."

In other California news, Stanford beat Cal 20-13 to take "big game 2007."


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