NEW: Biden to nominate federal public defender to appeals court bench


A federal public defender with a deep military legal background who once represented Guantanamo detainees charged with war crimes is President Joe Biden's pick for a seat on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The president on Thursday morning announced his intent to appoint Rich Federico to a seat on the Denver-based appeals court to fill the seat of Mary Beck Briscoe, who has taken senior status.

Kansas has two seats on the appeals court. The other is held by former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz.

A 2002 University of Kansas Law School graduate, Federico . . .


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