NC Senator Richard Burr is blocking the nomination of Jennifer May-Parker as U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The position has been vacant since Dec. 2005, over eight years.
Newsweek Magazine reported “the Eastern District of North Carolina is officially classified as a ‘judicial emergency.’” And also “It takes years for cases to move through the court, where a vacant seat on the bench has created one of the worst case backlogs in the country. The court’s open seat has gone unfilled for eight years, the longest district court vacancy in the country.”
May-Parker is very qualified and in fact, Sen. Burr had recommended her in July 2009, when he said she had “the requisite qualifications to serve with distinction.” May-Parker was originally nominated on June 20, 2013.
Is he blocking her because she’s a woman? Because she’s a minority? As a political game? Sen. Burr refuses to say.
Meanwhile NC needs a qualified judge into this important court. Please contact Sen. Burr and tell him he needs to stop playing games and sign off on May-Parker.
Sen. Richard Burr – Phone in DC: (202) 224-3154
President, NC National Organization for Women