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Stunning lack of diversity of NC’s federal judges highlighted

Posted By Rob Schofield On July 10, 2014 @ 12:24 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The latest news story from NC Policy Watch Courts and Law Reporter Sharon McCloskey — “All white and overwhelmingly male: Latest departure leaves NC federal courts among lest diverse in the nation” [1] — contains a lot of information that will leave caring and thinking people frustrated and even ticked off, but this passage stands out:

James Beaty, the lone African-American judge on the state’s federal district court, stepped down from his position on the state’s Middle District – which covers the areas from Durham to Winston-Salem – moving [2] to senior status at the end of June.

The result?

North Carolina has one of the whitest and least diverse groups of federal district court judges in the country.

That’s a perception problem for the courts at the very least, particularly given that the ugliness of racial politics has resurfaced in North Carolina.

As Andrew Cohen points out in his article [3] in The Atlantic last November, asking why there aren’t more black judges in the South:

“Indeed, at a time when minorities are being disenfranchised by Republican officials in Florida and Alabama and other Southern states [4], the continuing lack of black representation on our federal benches sends another strong message of a tolerance for unequal justice.”

And if that doesn’t get you fired up, check out this graphic:

Judicial vacancies [5]

 

Read more about how North Carolina got into this absurd situation and the chief architect of the problem — Senator Richard Burr — by clicking here [1].


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[1] “All white and overwhelmingly male: Latest departure leaves NC federal courts among lest diverse in the nation”: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/07/10/all-white-and-overwhelmingly-male-latest-departure-leaves-nc-federal-courts-among-least-diverse-in-the-nation/

[2] moving: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/11/22/federal-judge-james-beaty-to-take-senior-status-in-june/

[3] article: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/11/why-arent-there-more-black-federal-judges-in-alabama-florida-and-georgia/281322/

[4] being disenfranchised by Republican officials in Florida and Alabama and other Southern states: http://www.propublica.org/article/voting-rights-by-state-map

[5] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Judicial-vacancies.jpg

[6] Obama appoints former state judge from Winston-Salem to federal bench : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/09/19/obama-appoints-former-state-judge-from-winston-salem-to-federal-bench/

[7] Biggs nomination for federal judge takes a step forward : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/10/23/biggs-nomination-for-federal-judge-takes-a-step-forward/

[8] Judiciary Committee hearing today for Middle District nominee Loretta Copeland Biggs : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/11/13/judiciary-committee-hearing-today-for-middle-district-nominee-loretta-copeland-biggs/

[9] Editorial: Apply common sense on ACA subsidies : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/25/editorial-apply-common-sense-on-aca-subsidies/

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