From the Charlotte News & Observer:
A North Carolina federal judge says he was told by the White House that he no longer is being considered for a seat on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
U.S. District Court Judge Bob Conrad, 49, of Charlotte, said he received a telephone call in the past few weeks that he wasn't in line for an appeals court nomination by President Bush.
"I don't know why," Conrad said Thursday. "They didn't tell me. They didn't give me a reason."
Conrad was named by Bush as a U.S. attorney in 2001 and two years later was nominated for the judgeship.
There are three vacancies on the 15-member appeals court that hears appeals in Virginia, North and South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. Currently, the only North Carolina-based appeals court member is Judge Allyson Duncan of Raleigh.
Conrad said he was disappointed but is satisfied with his current job.