David E Price

Senate’s lone black Republican blocks Trump judge accused of racial bias

Senate’s lone black Republican blocks Trump judge accused of racial bias

For 30 years, North Carolina’s Sen. Jesse Helms earned his favored nickname as “Senator No” by blocking nominees, including African Americans, from becoming federal judges.

And though Helms died a decade ago, his legacy lives on in an unusually bitter battle over filling a long vacant federal judgeship in Raleigh and eastern North Carolina.

There, more than one-fourth of the population is black, yet no African American has ever served as a federal judge.

President Obama nominated two African American women for the seat: Jennifer May-Parker, an assistant U.S. attorney in Raleigh, and Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Both were...

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