Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obama nominates black woman judge to D.C. federal court

First black woman nominated to D.C. federal court in three decades

President Obama has tapped U.S. Sentencing Commission member Ketanji Brown Jackson. The nomination is notable because, if confirmed, Jackson would become only the second African American woman to serve as a full judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and would be the first to be robed in more than 30 years.

It’s a stunning demographic deficiency in a city where a quarter of the population — more than 150,000 — are black women.

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