By Patsy R. Brumfield
WASHINGTON – Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown’s nomination to be a North Mississippi federal judge must wait another day, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee decided today.
The committee postponed her vote, as well as votes on three other judicial picks.
When the nominations will come back up for a committee vote wasn’t immediately clear, but Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for Sen. Thad Cochran of Oxford, said it’s likely to be next week.
If ultimately approved by the full Senate, Brown will become the state’s first black, female federal judge.
President Obama nominated Brown last May to fill the seat vacated in January 2012 by the sudden death of Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. in Greenville.
The new judge will preside over the Greenville federal courthouse and bolster the work of Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford and Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.
Mills, Aycock, senior judges Glen H. Davidson and Neal B. Biggers, plus three magistrate judges, have been pulling extra duty while the nomination process moves toward a conclusion.
Whether Brown’s nomination will be taken up by the committee or the full Senate before the August recess isn’t known yet.
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