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Anchorage attorney withdraws from federal judge nomination

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Anchorage attorney nominated by President Donald Trump to be a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for Alaska has withdrawn from his nomination.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 43-year-old Jonathan Katchen says he notified the White House of his decision last month.

Katchen was nominated in April. He was one of five names submitted by Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.

Katchen says he “was sitting in limbo for too long” and there was uncertainty if he would make through the process.

Members of the Alaska Bar Association had opposed the nomination and a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was never scheduled.

Katchen’s experience is mostly in oil and gas law, prompting some opposition for his lack of much trial or criminal law work.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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