I was impressed to see that one of our own extremely well-qualified former N.C. Supreme Court justices was nominated April 28 to fill a longtime vacancy on the federal court bench in Eastern North Carolina.
Patricia Timmons-Goodson served as an associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court from 2006 to 2012. She also served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a district court judge. In fact, Timmons-Goodson was a judge in North Carolina from 1997 through 2012.
I was appalled to read that Sen. Richard Burr vowed to block her the same day. According to a April 29 news article, “The U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina has the longest running vacancy, a post that has gone unfilled since Jan. 1, 2006 – the day after federal District Court Judge Malcolm Jones Howard semi-retired.”
Since this position is to serve Eastern North Carolina, this vacancy hurts North Carolina directly. Burr has actually blocked two women from this position since 2013.
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Burr has caused and continues to cause the federal courts in North Carolina to be short-handed. Burr needs to fulfill his constitutional responsibility and fill this longtime vacancy at judicial emergency status.
President, N.C. National Organization for Women