The Clarion-Ledger, 2/20/9

Rep. Bennie Thompson has reopened a debate over the name for the new federal courthouse in Jackson.

Thompson, a Democrat who represents the 2nd District, recently introduced a bill that would name the courthouse under construction in downtown Jackson for the late R. Jess Brown, a civil rights lawyer in Jackson. Thompson introduced a similar bill in early 2007.

But some want the courthouse – expected to be completed in 18 to 20 months across from the Medgar Evers Post Office- to be named for Mississippi’s Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who used his senior position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure millions of dollars to build it.

To support those wishes, then-Sen. Trent Lott also introduced a bill in 2007 that would name the courthouse for Cochran.

Neither bill won final approval in the last Congress.