Judge drops interest in local federal court

DETROIT (AP) -- A Wayne County judge says he no longer wants to be considered for a vacancy on the federal court in eastern Michigan.

In a letter to Michigan's two senators, David Allen says he's worn down by the nearly two-year delay. He says the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate is "broken."

Allen says a "strong and independent judiciary is at risk."

A screening committee set up by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow had recommended Allen for the federal bench. The senators in turn recommended him to President Barack Obama.

The senators released Allen's letter last Friday. They say they're disappointed but they understand his decision.

Published: Tue, Dec 7, 2010