10th Circuit Court up to three open seats

Nearly two years after Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran derailed President Obama’s nomination of former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the court now has three of the 18 vacancies on federal appeals courts nationwide, noted Carl Tobias, University of Richmond Law School, on the Hill’s Congress Blog. Robert Bacharach, who was first nominated in June 2010, was recently renominated and is awaiting a full Senate vote; Kansas and Utah seats await nominees. “Because openings in 10 percent of circuit judgeships and in one-quarter of 10th Circuit positions can undermine justice, President Obama must rapidly nominate, and the Senate speedily consider, exceptional nominees for the appellate vacancies,” Tobias wrote.