Nominee for judge vacancy under fire for college writings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal prosecutor nominated to fill a judge’s vacancy in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is under fire after opinion pieces he wrote as a college student mocking multiculturalism surfaced.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports liberal judicial advocacy group Alliance for Justice says Ryan Bounds’ writings “reveal strong biases that call into question his ability to fairly apply the law and to maintain confidence in the justice system’s ability to dispense even-handed justice to all.”

Bounds, who wrote for the student-run newspaper The Stanford Review while attending Stanford University, apologized Friday for his “misguided sentiments.”

Bounds, a politically conservative assistant U.S. attorney in Portland who now chairs the Multnomah Bar Association’s equity, diversity and inclusion committee, disavowed the pieces in an email he sent to committee members.