13 July 2009

Rose Drops Bid for Federal Bench

Charleston lawyer and veteran Democrat Herschel "Ned" Rose II is withdrawing his name from consideration for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in northern West Virginia, The Associated Press reports.

Both AP and The Charleston Gazette cite a joint statement from U.S. Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., who had recommended Rose for the post in January.

Lamenting his apparent decision (he did not respond to requests for comment Friday), the statement said Rose "possesses the intelligence, honesty, and quality of character to make an outstanding district judge, and his withdrawal is West Virginia's loss."

AP notes that the news "comes just days after President Obama nominated the two senators' other choice for the federal bench, Kanawha Circuit Judge Irene Berger."

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