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Senate Hearing Stalled for Miss. Federal Court Pick

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By    |   Monday, 13 March 2023 02:29 PM EDT

A confirmation hearing has been delayed for months for a federal district court nominee from Mississippi, a lag other judicial picks by President Joe Biden haven't faced.

According to Roll Call, the administration announced Scott Colom as a nominee for judge in the federal Northern District of Mississippi in October. Nine other judicial nominees picked after him have completed confirmation hearings.

The delay is apparently due to a committee tradition known as the "blue slip" process, which gives senators a de facto veto over nominees to district court seats in their home states.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has returned a blue slip for Colom's nomination, Roll Call reported, while Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., declined to comment.

The office of Judiciary chair Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., wouldn't tell Roll Call if a blue slip had been returned from Hyde-Smith.

Colom was elected in 2015 as district attorney for the 16th circuit court district in  Mississippi, which he still holds, campaigning in part on what he called a "criminal justice reform platform" that included a different approach for young drug offenders, Roll Call reported.

His opponent, longtime District Attorney Forrest Allgood, has said the election outcome was tilted by money from liberal billionaire George Soros.

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A confirmation hearing has been delayed for months for a federal district court nominee from Mississippi, a lag other judicial picks by President Joe Biden haven't faced.
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Monday, 13 March 2023 02:29 PM
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