Help Senator Burr with his crisis of commitment

(Image courtesy of the Brennan Center)

(Image courtesy of the Brennan Center)

When last we left the conversation about the pending nomination of Jennifer May-Parker for the now 8-year long vacancy in North Carolina’s Eastern District, our own Sen. Richard Burr had yet to return the “blue slip” needed either to allow the nomination to proceed to a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee or to prevent that from happening.

May-Parker, you may recall, would be the first African-American to serve as a judge in the 44-county Eastern District, home to a significant minority population.

Unfortunately nothing’s changed. The senator still won’t commit.

It’s not that difficult a process, really.

As shown in the blue slip here, Burr just needs to check one or the other: approve, and allow the nominee to proceed to a hearing, or oppose, and clear the way for a new nominee.

But doing nothing means simply that May-Parker’s nomination will languish long enough to keep that seat open into the mid-term elections in November 2014.

By then, North Carolina will have two open federal court slots, with Middle District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. taking senior status in June.

And no judges of color in our federal courts.


  1. Jack Webster

    December 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Obstructing is the only thing Most Republicans know how to do.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    December 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Senator Burr is doing just fine.

  3. Alan

    December 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    By “doing fine” you mean not doing his job and obstructing? Yeah, great job Sen. Burr…

  4. ML

    December 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Frances the Civitas Troll Strikes again…

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