Justice quizzed on death penalty

Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both Mississippi Republicans, testified in support of Graves’ nomination, which President Barack Obama announced in June.
Wicker cited Graves’ “remarkable service to the public, in addition to the education and professional accomplishments.”

Graves also testified about his service on the board of Operation Shoestring, whose educational and after-school programs help poor children in Jackson, and his work for the Mississippi Children’s Museum, which is set to open this fall.
If confirmed, Graves would replace 5th Circuit Judge Rhesa Barksdale, who took senior status last fall, meaning he works part time but still hears court cases annually.

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