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Monday numbers – Federal courts edition

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224 – Number of years since the federal judiciary began in 1789 (“History of the Federal Judiciary” at www.uscourts.gov)

51- Number of federal district court judges in the history on North Carolina (ibid.)

47 – Of that number, the number who have been white men (ibid.)

2 – Number who have been white women (ibid.)

2 – Number who have been African-American men (ibid.)

0 – Number who have been women of color (ibid.)

0 – Number who have been Native-American, Hispanic or Asian (ibid.)

17 – Number of federal district court judges in North Carolina at present (ibid.)

1 – Number of current judges who are persons of color – Judge James A. Beaty of the Middle District (ibid.)

0 – Absent a change, the number of persons of color who will serve on the federal bench in North Carolina after Judge Beaty retires to senior status next June (The Progressive Pulse – “Federal Judge Beaty to take senior status in June,” Nov. 22)

0 – Number of southern states with as few African-American federal judges as North Carolina(www.uscourts.gov)

22 – Percentage of North Carolina population that is African-American (North Carolina QuickFacts from www.census.gov)

35 – Percentage of the North Carolina population that is male and white (ibid.)

19 – Number of years that have passed since a person of color was nominated and confirmed to serve on the federal District Court in North Carolina (Judge Beaty in 1994) (NC Policy Watch Weekly Briefing, “Still waiting for integration,” Oct 12, 2011)

8 – Number of years that one federal judgeship in the Eastern District of North Carolina will have remained vacant as of next month (Raleigh News & Observer: “NC’s Eastern District judicial vacancy is longest in the nation” September 21, 2013)

1 – Rank among all the vacancies in the country that the Eastern District vacancy stands in terms of length of time open (ibid.)

0 – Number of persons of color to serve as a judge in the history of the Eastern District (NC Policy Watch Weekly Briefing, “Still waiting for integration,” Oct 12, 2011)

44 – Number of counties in the Eastern District (www.uscourts.gov)

100 – Percentage of counties in North Carolina with populations more than half-African-American that lie in the Eastern District (2011 letter to President Obama from the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus)

41 – Number of “no” votes necessary to defeat a federal judicial nominee prior to the filibuster reform adopted in the U.S. Senate last week (Washington Post: “Senate votes in historic rule change,” Nov. 21, 2013)

51 – Number necessary after filibuster reform (except for Supreme Court nominees) (ibid.)

159 – Number of days that have passed since President Obama nominated African-American federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker to the fill the Eastern District vacancy (Raleigh News & Observer: “NC’s Eastern District judicial vacancy is longest in the nation” September 21, 2013)

0 – Number of hearings that Parker has received before the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider her nomination (ibid.)

2 – Number of “blue slips” from home state senators that are required to be submitted under Senate tradition in order for a hearing to be scheduled (NC Policy Watch Courts and Law Report: “Another roadblock for the Eastern District?” September 19, 2013).

1 – Number submitted for May-Parker (by Senator Kay Hagan) (ibid.)

0 – Number submitted by Senator Richard Burr (ibid.)

0 Number of times Burr has explained or even responded to media request to explain his five-month-long refusal to submit a blue slip so that May-Parker’s nomination can even be considered (ibid.)