Jackson attorney Debra Brown faces a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote on her federal judgeship nomination, perhaps before the Aug. 2 recess.
If confirmed, the Yazoo City native would fill an 18-month Greenville courthouse vacancy after the death of Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. She also would become Mississippi’s first female African-American federal judge.
She must gain a majority vote of the U.S. Senate to win confirmation.
Under questioning today from Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Brown admitted she had no criminal litigation experience but promised to “immerse” herself in criminal procedure, study and consult with other Mississippi federal judges who came to the bench facing similar circumstances.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal