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Judicial Diversity on US Bench Urged in NC, Saluted in MS

News media coverage from two Southern states, North Carolina and Mississippi, gave contrasting reports about diversity on the federal bench — or the lack of it.

In North Carolina, the (Winston-Salem) Chronicle editorialized about the need for diversity on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a bench that current is all white “even though blacks and other minorities make up more than 25 percent of the District’s population.”

A judgeship on the Eastern District bench has been vacant since 2006, but an “apparent stalemate” has precluded filling it, the editorial said, and it “may be indicative of why so little gets done in Washington.”

In Mississippi, a (Jackson) Clarion Ledger article said Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Graves will be presented the Mississippi Trailblazer of the Decade Award. Judge Graves became in 2011 the first African-American judge from Mississippi to serve on the Fifth Circuit.

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