Fowlkes Set To Have Confirmation Hearing

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. was set to go before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today for a confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. district judge for Western Tennessee. Fowlkes was nominated by President Barack Obama on Dec. 16, 2011, to replace Judge Bernice B. Donald of Memphis, who was elevated to the Sixth Circuit last October. Fowlkes has been a criminal court judge since 2007. The Memphis Commercial Appeal has more about his experience and the hearing.