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Defeated Wis. Justice Nominated for US Judgeship; 2 Others Get Appeals Nod

Posted Oct 7, 2009 10:34 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Louis Butler’s judging days may not be over.

The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has lost two elections. The first time, he lost an election battle with Justice Diane Sykes, but was appointed to fill her state supreme court seat when she became a federal judge, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The second time he lost to an opponent who ran an ad dubbing him “Loophole Louis."

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Butler for a federal judgeship in the Western District of Wisconsin, the Journal Sentinel says.

Obama also said he will nominate two northeastern judges for federal appeals courts, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. District Judge Denny Chin, the Manhattan judge who sentenced convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff to 150 years in prison, will be nominated to the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And Rhode Island Superior Court Justice O. Rogeriee Thompson will be nominated to the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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