Appeals Court Nominee Withdraws from Consideration

New York attorney Caitlin Halligan, one of two nominated in January to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has withdrawn her name from consideration after the U.S. Senate failed to garner the votes needed to end debate on her nomination, CNN reports. The president and Senate Democrats complained she was being unfairly held to a different standard than other nominees, while Republicans argued she holds extreme positions on constitutional issues and would be an activist on the bench. Halligan is general counsel in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. She would have filled the appeals court seat vacated by John Roberts, who joined the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.