Obama renominates Cape Elizabeth man for federal judgeship


PORTLAND (AP) — President Obama has renominated a lawyer from Cape Elizabeth for a federal judgeship.

The president originally nominated William Kayatta early last year for a seat on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, but his Senate confirmation was stalled by election-year politics despite an endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Obama on Thursday included Kayatta in a list of more than 30 renominations.

Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Sen. Susan Collins had pressed their Republican colleagues to confirm Kayatta before the election. Collins on Thursday urged the Senate to move quickly on his renomination.

Kayatta, a partner at Pierce Atwood in Portland, would replace Judge Kermit Lipez of Maine, who had been on the court since 1998.

Kayatta is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.