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Richard Burr “blue slip” watch: Day 264

Posted By Rob Schofield On March 10, 2014 @ 11:00 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Blue slip [1]Okay — this is getting ridiculous. It’s now been 264 days since President Obama nominated federal prosecutor Jennifer May-ParkerĀ  to become the first African-American judge in the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (64 days since he resubmitted her name in January).

Unfortunately, the nomination remains frozen in suspended animation because one man, Senator Richard Burr, refuses to return his “blue slip” — the modest little document (pictured at left in an image borrowed from the website of the Brennan Center for Justice) [2] that, under Senate tradition, both Senators from the home state must return in order for such a nominee to receive a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

What makes the whole thing that much more absurd, of course, is that Burr long ago signed off on May-Parker as the nominee. He even wrote a letter early in the Obama administration [3] in which he specifically endorsed her for the job. Now, he won’t even answer questions about his actions in public.

This is clearly an unacceptable situation. Maybe Burr knows something the rest of us don’t. If he does, however, he owes it to his constituents to say what the heck it is. A more likely explanation seems to be that the senator is simply playing political games with a critically important matter of pubic business and, sadly thus far, getting away with it scot-free.

 


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Blue-slip.jpg

[2] the website of the Brennan Center for Justice): https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/blues-judiciary

[3] a letter early in the Obama administration: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/Burrletter.pdf

[4] Richard Burr blue slip watch: Day #274 : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/20/richard-burr-blue-slip-watch-day-274/

[5] Richard Burr blue slip watch Day #300: GOP rejects revival of its own rule on judicial nominations : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/15/richard-burr-blue-slip-watch-day-300-gop-rejects-revival-of-its-own-rule-on-judicial-nominations/

[6] 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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