Posted: 5:05 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Obama nominates Leslie Abrams — Stacey’s sister — for federal judgeship 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama today nominated Leslie Joyce Abrams, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and the sister of House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, for a federal District Court judge post in Middle Georgia.

Abrams arrives at a tricky political time for Georgia judicial nominees, as a package of six nominees is being challenged from the left by Georgia Democrats, civil rights leaders and liberal groups. Her nomination was not pre-negotiated with Republican U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, who would need to give the go-ahead for her to be considered in committee under the “blue slip” custom for home-state senators.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Joyce Abrams has been nominated as a U.S. District Judge

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Joyce Abrams has been nominated as a U.S. District Judge

It’s unclear if if the nomination will help thaw White House relations with Georgia Democrats, who were livid about being shut out of previous negotiations with the senators.

Abrams, according to a White House bio, has been a federal prosecutor for four years in major crimes and economic crimes, participating in nearly 100 cases from sex crimes against children to bank fraud. She also did community outreach for the U.S. Attorney’s office, including a partnership with the Urban League.

Before her time as a prosecutor, Abrams worked in civil and complex litigation with firms in Washington and Atlanta.

If confirmed, Abrams could become the first African-American female federal judge in Georgia. That distinction would have been held by Natasha Perdew Silas and Linda Walker, whom Obama nominated in 2011 for Atlanta-based judgeships. Isakson and Chambliss blocked Silas and both nominations ended up not going forward because the White House and Senate Democrats considered them a package deal.

DeKalb County state court Judge Eleanor Ross also would be the first black female federal judge in the state, but her nomination is one of six now being held up. The others are Jill Pryor and Julie Carnes for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Michael Boggs, Mark Cohen and Leigh Martin May for the Northern District of Georgia. Boggs, in particular, has been under attack from the left for his positions in the state House on abortion, same-sex marriage and keeping the Confederate battle emblem on the Georgia flag.

Worth noting: Stacey Abrams has lately emerged as a prominent White House surrogate in Georgia and attended a state dinner last month.

20 comments
Andy123
Andy123

She's participated in 100 cases in a whopping four years!  Maybe we should send her straight to the Supreme Court with these fantastic skills! 

Enoch19
Enoch19

Is four years as a federal prosecutor really a qualification to be a federal judge?  


While Stacy Abrams has a different political philosophy than I do she has been a responsible and effective voice for her views in the legislature.  I don't know much about her sister. If Galloway's article is all there is then we should ask the real basis for giving her a lifetime appointment as a judge.  


Galloway says she "participated" in cases and did a community outreach with the Urban League.  Are we really placating the lefties with federal judgeships?

td1234
td1234

If she is a conservative then it is a good nomination. If she is not then our Senators need to blue slip her. 

Charles50
Charles50

@Enoch19  Clarence Thomas is still on the Supreme Court isn't he?  

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

@td1234 Obama nominated her. I'm sure she won't be conservative in the sense you want her to be.

honested
honested

@td1234  

Cite in the Constitution where being a 'conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrvative' is a requirement for like, anything.

Andy123
Andy123

@honested @Andy123

I don't care who to be honest.   

Charles50
Charles50

@BravesFan456 @td1234  He means white and male.  Has been married at least two times.  Has at least a six-figure 401K and hates Obama.  

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@BravesFan456 @td1234Maybe that means a strict constructionist like Justice Scalia who posited in "Heller" that just because the prefatory clause of the 2nd Amendment expresses a sole purpose doesn't bar him from making-up others. Or maybe it means a judge who can reason that some rights are not really rights, like say abortion and voting.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@BravesFan456 @RoadScholar I did. "Before her time as a prosecutor, Abrams worked in civil and complex litigation with firms in Washington and Atlanta."

What type of complex litigation? Where did she graduate from college? Law Degree? Walmart? Did she pass the bar on her first attempt or needed multiple times?

People like td and other cons only look for an R. I look at her detailed job experience and the results of her work.

honested
honested

Your regular rants call that into question.

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