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Published June 24 2010

Senate committee decision on Purdon delayed

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed its consideration of North Dakota’s U.S. attorney nominee during a hearing today on Capitol Hill.

The committee was set to consider Bismarck attorney Timothy Purdon. During the hearing, committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy said only that there was a request to hold over consideration of Purdon’s nomination until a later time.

Meanwhile, three other nominees being considered for various appointments were each approved by the committee this morning with little discussion.

President Barack Obama nominated Purdon for the post of U.S. attorney in early February.

Approval by the Judiciary Committee is necessary before Purdon’s nomination can be voted on by the entire Senate.

Lynn C. Jordheim has served as North Dakota’s acting U.S. attorney since September, when Bush appointee Drew Wrigley resigned.

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of The Forum.