Attorney, judge nominated for Eastern District of Kentucky


WASHINGTON (KT) -  Nominations have been made for a new United States Attorney and U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.


The White House announced on Thursday that Lexington resident Robert M. “Rob” Duncan, Jr., was nominated as U. S. Attorney.  He has served as an Assistant U. S. Attorney since 2005 where he prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms offenses and violent crime.

Duncan received his B. A. from Centre College in Danville and his law degree from the University of Kentucky.

Robert Wier of Versailles has been nominated as a district judge.  He has served as a Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District since 2006.

Before taking the bench, Wier worked in private practice with the law firm Ransdell & Wier.  Before that he was an associate with the Lexington firm Stoll, Keenon and Park.  He earned his B. A. and law degree from the University of Kentucky.

“President Trump made another strong choice by nominating Robert (Duncan) to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

McConnell said Weir has gained the experience necessary to “excel in his new role. Through his service as a U.S. magistrate judge, Robert has gained the qualifications and experience necessary to excel in this new role.”

McConnell, a Republican from Louisville, expects the Senate to confirm both men.

No timetable has been set for committee hearings and a floor vote on the nominations.


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