Thursday, January 25, 2001

Young Bunning seen as too green for federal judgeship

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — David L. Bunning, the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and considered a likely nominee for one of the vacant federal judgeships in eastern Kentucky, appears to not meet bar association qualification guidelines for the appointment.

        The American Bar Association, which evaluates federal judicial candidates as part of the confirmation process for the U.S. Senate, recommends a minimum of 12 years in practice before a lawyer is considered “qualified.”

        Mr. Bunning, 34, is an assistant U.S. attorney and has been a lawyer since October 1991.

        The elder Mr. Bunning said his son is “absolutely” qualified to be a federal judge and expects him to seek an appointment by President Bush. But he declined to say whether he would recommend his son for the bench.

        When senators from a state are from the same political party as the president — the case in Kentucky — their recommendations are considered all but tantamount to appointment.


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