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Help Senator Burr with his crisis of commitment

Posted By Sharon McCloskey On December 9, 2013 @ 2:22 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

(Image courtesy of the Brennan Center) [1]

(Image courtesy of the Brennan Center)

When last we left the conversation [2] about the pending nomination of Jennifer May-Parker for the now 8-year long vacancy [3] 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. [4] taking senior status in June.

And no judges of color in our federal courts.


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Blue-slip-small2.jpg

[2] conversation: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/10/17/senator-burr-an-up-or-down-vote-for-the-eastern-district-nominee/

[3] 8-year long vacancy: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2013/09/19/another-roadblock-for-the-eastern-district/

[4] James A. Beaty Jr.: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/11/22/federal-judge-james-beaty-to-take-senior-status-in-june/

[5] The chorus is growing: Where’s Burr’s blue slip? : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/31/the-chorus-is-growing-wheres-burrs-blue-slip/

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