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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kansas City Lawyer’s Pro-Democrat Blog Posts Could be an Issue in Judicial Confirmation

According to the ABA Journal:

Kansas City lawyer Stephen Bough last posted commentary on a political blog in 2009, but he now has some new readers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering Bough’s nomination to be a judge in the Western District of Missouri, and his blog is getting a closer look, according to Legal Times (sub. req.). A personal injury lawyer, Bough posted comments favoring Democrats on the blog when he led a group called Committee for County Progress.

One post expressed hope that voters would oust U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who remains in the Senate. Another statement, made in the comments section, said, "You and the 3 other folks who read this blog will agree I shouldn't be a judge.”

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