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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”  — 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  to senior status at the end of June.
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  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 , 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:
Read more about how North Carolina got into this absurd situation and the chief architect of the problem — Senator Richard Burr — by clicking here .
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 “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/
 moving: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/11/22/federal-judge-james-beaty-to-take-senior-status-in-june/
 article: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/11/why-arent-there-more-black-federal-judges-in-alabama-florida-and-georgia/281322/
 being disenfranchised by Republican officials in Florida and Alabama and other Southern states: http://www.propublica.org/article/voting-rights-by-state-map
 Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Judicial-vacancies.jpg
 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/
 Senate confirms Biggs as federal judge in NC : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/12/17/senate-confirms-biggs-as-federal-judge-in-nc/
 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/
 Updated: Time slipping away for North Carolina federal court nominees : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/12/11/time-slipping-away-for-north-carolina-federal-court-nominees/
 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/
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