Federal Circuit nominee has no experience with the Whistleblower Protection Act

From the Blog of Legal Times:

D.C. lawyer Richard Taranto, nominated for a slot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, handled some tough questioning during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday over his views on the Defense of Marriage Act and Whistleblower litigation.

When asked about the recent poor record of whistleblowers in appellate cases, Taranto said: “I have not had any experience under that particular act.”

Taranto was a clerk to former Circuit Judge Robert Bork and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He also served in the Justice Department’s Office of Solicitor General during Reagan’s second term.

Update: Taranto’s Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire is available here (courtesy http://www.717madisonplace.com).