June 20, 2018
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Cape Elizabeth attorney to go before Judiciary Committee on renomination Thursday

William Kayatta Jr.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

WASHINGTON — A Cape Elizabeth attorney nominated a year ago to serve on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be back before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

William J. Kayatta Jr., 59, will appear before the committee on his renomination to the post by President Barack Obama.

Members of the Judiciary Committee are expected to vote on the nomination next week, a press release issued Monday by Collins’ office said.

Kayatta first was nominated to the post in January 2012 to replace appellate judge Kermit Lipez, 71, of South Portland, who a year ago transferred from active to senior status.

The Judiciary Committee endorsed Kayatta in April but his confirmation, along with 21 other judicial nominees, stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Earlier this month, Obama renominated individuals whose nominations senators had not acted on, including Kayatta.

Collins urged Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to expedite the nomination, according to Monday’s press release.

“Bill has a stellar record, the highest ABA rating, and was reported by the Judiciary Committee last year by a bipartisan vote,” she said earlier this month. “I remain disappointed that his nomination was stalled last year by election-year politics, but I am hopeful that, once he is approved again by the Judiciary Committee, the full Senate will move swiftly to confirm this qualified nominee and finally fill this vacancy.”

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