Richard Taranto was nominated a year ago today for a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Taranto’s nomination followed the failed nomination of Edward DuMont, who was a nominee between April of 2010 and November 2011. The open seat on the bench for which Mr. Taranto is a nominee has been vacant since Chief Judge Paul Michel’s retirement from the Federal Circuit on May 31, 2010. The nomination of Mr. Taranto fell victim to the Leahy-Thurmond rule earlier this year. With the election now concluded, Mr. Taranto’s nomination should advance to a vote by the full Senate.
You can watch the nomination hearing for Mr. Taranto here.