President Obama today issued a long list of nominations and missing from the list was Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas, who was up for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District.
Thomas had been nominated but ran into objections from Sen. Marco Rubio (background here). "The nomination of Judge William Thomas was returned by the Senate and Senator Rubio has made his objection clear, so the President chose not to renominate him," a White House aide told the Tampa Bay Times.
In September, a Rubio spokeswoman said:
"The nomination of Judge Thomas has also been thoroughly reviewed, and Senator Rubio has determined that Thomas’s record on the state court raises serious concerns about his fitness for a lifetime federal appointment. Those concerns include questions about his judicial temperament and his willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences, particularly in the two high-profile cases of Michele Traverso and Joel Lebron earlier this year. After reviewing Thomas’s record, Senator Rubio cannot support moving forward with the nomination at this time."
Thomas, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge who is openly gay, gave Traverso 364 days in jail for a hit-and-run incident that left another man dead. In the other case, according to Rubio's office, "Twice Judge Thomas suppressed confessions of perpetrators of the crime including the confession of Joel Lebron, the man who pulled the trigger killing Ana Maria Angel."