White House breaks logjam of federal judgeships in Georgia

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President Barack Obama has nominated five candidates for vacant federal court judgeships in Georgia, breaking a Republican logjam that had stymied the appointments for more than two years in some cases.

The recent move by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters of judicial appointments for non-Supreme Court judicial slots means that the latest batch of nominees may actually get a floor vote in the U.S. Senate next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Julie Carnes of Atlanta was nominated by Obama to replace retired judge Larry Edmondson on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael P. Boggs, a former legislator and Superior Court judge from Waycross, was nominated to replace Carnes on the District Court bench.

Mark Cohen, an attorney with Troutman Sanders, has been nominated to replace retired U.S. District Court Judge Clarence Cooper. Cohen is a former state assistant attorney general and served as legal counsel to Gov. Zell Miller in the 1990s.

Atlanta attorney Leigh Martin May has been nominated to replace Beverly B. Martin as a District Court judge.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Eleanor Louise Ross was nominated to replace retired District Court judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.

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