TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 20, 2014

In an alleged deal with Georgia’s two Republican senators to fill seven federal court vacancies in the state, President Obama nominated Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. But opposition among the president’s party has grown over the last few weeks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and members of the Congressional Black Caucus opposing Boggs. In a rare occurrence, strong feelings over the nomination also led some members of the Black Caucus to attack civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, who at first called for the nomination to be withdrawn, but reportedly was telling colleagues he could support Boggs as part of a package deal. After the firestorm this week, Lewis reaffirmed his opposition to the nomination. The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Fox News report on the issue.