Democratic Critics Of Obama Judicial Nominee Unmoved By New Choice For Bench

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has been fighting with members of his own party for months over a controversial judicial pick. But he appeared to make a peace offering with Tuesday’s nomination of Leslie Abrams to serve as a federal district court judge in Georgia.

Abrams, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Georgia since 2010, would be the state’s first black female judge if she’s confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia — a detail not lost on Georgia Democrats eager to boost their state’s judicial diversity.

“The Abrams nomination is a good move in the right direction to fill the vacant judicial seats in Georgia,” Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.). said Wednesday.

“I’m happy that this young lady, Ms. Abrams, was nominated to serve,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). “She’s qualified, she’s paid her dues and she’ll make an excellent district court judge.”

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