Report: U.S. attorney vote next week in Senate panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Felicia Adams’ nomination to Northern District U.S. attorney reportedly will come before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, Capitol Hill’s Main Justice said today.

The panel also is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Ronald Sharpe for the Virgin Islands at its June 9 meeting.

Adams, whom President Barack Obama nominated March 2, has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi since 2000. She is the acting first assistant, which is the second in command in the Southern District of Mississippi U.S. Attorney’s Office. Adams worked at the Northern District of Mississippi from 1989 to 2000.

Her nomination must be approved by the full Senate before she can take office.

She would replace John Marshall Alexander, who has led the Oxford-based U.S. Attorney’s office since December. Alexander succeeded Bill Martin, who took the helm of the office after U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee, a George W. Bush appointee, resigned in January 2009.

The U.S. attorney is the government’s top lawyer in a specific jurisdiction.

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