DURHAM, N.C. (1/18/2018) — On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Thomas Farr to a lifetime judicial appointment to the federal bench in eastern North Carolina. The decision now heads to the full U.S. Senate.
In response to the party-line vote, Tomas Lopez, Democracy North Carolina Executive Director, released the following statement:
“We are deeply upset and disappointed that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced Thomas Farr’s nomination to a lifetime judicial appointment in eastern North Carolina.”
“We must ensure that the courts protect voting rights for African Americans and every North Carolinian, but Mr. Farr’s long track record has tangibly damaged our democracy through voting restrictions and racial gerrymandering. His track record should be disqualifying.”