Panel sets date to mull Adams for U.S. attorney

OXFORD – U.S. Attorney nominee Felicia Adams will be considered June 9 by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, its calendar shows.
To become the state’s first female U.S. attorney, she’ll need approval there and from the full Senate.
Adams, 51, was nominated to the job March 2 by President Barack Obama.
The U.S. attorney is the federal government’s top lawyer in a specific jurisdiction. Mississippi has two districts, North and South, and both positions have been filled by interim appointments without Obama selections since his election in late 2008.
Adams will not be the state’s first black U.S. attorney – Buck Buchanan of Oxford was the first, appointed during the Clinton Administration.
A spokesman for Sen. Roger Wicker’s office said if Adams is approved by the Judiciary Committee, it’s customary to hold a nomination for a week, then release it to the Senate majority leader, who will schedule the floor vote.
That means it’s unlikely that Adams’ nomination could win final approval until at least the week of June 20.
If she’s approved, Adams will succeed Jim Greenlee, who was a George W. Bush appointee and retired in early 2010.
She won’t be entering foreign territory in the Oxford office because the Coldwater native worked there 11 years.
For the past decade, she’s worked her way up the chain in the Southern District in Jackson, where she now is the second highest-ranking attorney.

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