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Mich. Judge Nominee Withdraws After Conservative Backlash

Law360, Washington (June 12, 2019, 4:04 PM EDT) -- Attorney Michael Bogren said Wednesday he had withdrawn his nomination for a federal judgeship in the Western District of Michigan after what he called “gross mischaracterizations” of his past legal work by social conservatives.

Bogren had faced a sustained barrage from freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and other conservatives over what they saw as his untenable views on religious liberty. Driving most of the criticism was Bogren's legal defense of a client, East Lansing, Michigan, that blocked a Catholic couple from the city farmers market because they wouldn't host a gay wedding on their farm. Hawley said Bogren's legal brief compared...

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