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Republicans Reject Chinese American Federal Judge

World Journal, Posted: Dec 31, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO--The nomination of Chinese American Edward Chen, who would have been the first Asian federal judge in Northern California, was rejected last week by the Senate, reports the World Journal. Chen was nominated by President Obama in August to become a federal judge for the Northern California region. His nomination passed the Senates judicial commission but Republican leaders in Congress disagreed with him over his critical speech on the Bush administration after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Chen said in the speech that if most of the disaster victims had been white and middle class, the government would have responded faster.

The World Journal reports that members of the Chinese community were disappointed and are calling on Obama to re-nominate the assistant judge. Chen was a civil rights lawyer before he joined the federal court.


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