David Savage reports in the LA Times:
Two of President Obama's choices for the federal bench in California have been dealt a setback, as the Senate adjourned for a month and sent back to the White House the nominations of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu and San Francisco Magistrate Edward M. Chen.This is very good news. As we have discussed before on this blog, Liu's paper attacking Samuel Alito on his death penalty record establishes that Liu would resolve virtually every debatable question in favor of the murderer. He would be a bad appointment to any federal court, but to add him to the Ninth Circuit -- already the most hostile to justice of any federal court in the country -- would be a disaster.
Liu and Chen face solid Republican opposition, and their chances of being confirmed now look to be in doubt.