White House Strikes Deal With Isakson, Chambliss for Judicial Vacancies

The White House on Thursday formally announced nominees to fill Georgia’s federal judicial vacancies.

The AJC is reporting that U.S. District Judge Julie Carnes has been nominated to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are also expected to release their blockade on previously nominated Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to fill the other appeals post.

Carnes’ departure leaves four open slots on the Atlanta-based U.S. District Court bench. The White House nominated Atlanta personal injury attorney Leigh Martin May; DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor Ross; Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs; and Atlanta lawyer Mark Cohen, to fill those positions.

The nominees were the result of lengthy negotiations among Chambliss, Isakson and White House officials. 

Georgia Democrats expressed their disappointment in the deal. The party had been protesting there were not enough minorities included in the list; Ross is the only African-American nominee.

The arrangement, in effect, sidelined Georgia’s Democratic congressional delegation when it came to choosing the judges.



  1. Dave Bearse says:

    “Hey, it’s an up or down vote on a Presidential nominee only two years later. And I got to nominate a judge at the same time too.” said Isakson.

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