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Senators opposing Oregon prosecutor’s judicial nomination

July 18, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic senators oppose the nomination of an Oregon federal prosecutor to fill a judicial vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and other members of the Senate’s Democratic Caucus held the Senate floor Tuesday night for hours in protest of Ryan Bounds’ nomination, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .

It’s unprecedented for a judge to be confirmed without the support of a single home-state senator, Merkley said.

Bounds did not disclose to Oregon’s judicial selection committee that he had a history of writing inflammatory pieces on sexual assault, the rights of workers, people of the color and the LGBTQ community, Wyden and Merkley said.

Merkley brought blown-up images of some of Bounds’ college writings to the confirmation hearing and the two senators also read passages from the articles.

“I find much of what was written to be disgusting and baffling,” he said.

Bounds, a conservative who has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon since 2010, received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1995 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1999.

Bounds has maintained that he was only asked to provide the committee with material dating back to law school.

Although Bounds issued an apology in May for the “often highhanded and overheated tone” in his articles about campus politics, Wyden said it wasn’t sincere apology, but one made for the sake of saving his nomination.

Last month, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa defended Bounds and his nomination. He said he doesn’t think it is right to assume that Bounds holds same views today as the ones he expressed in his college writings years ago.

Republicans in the Senate are expected to vote to confirm Bounds’ nomination later this week.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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