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President renominates Moody, Brooks for federal judgeships


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday renominated two Arkansans to fill federal judicial slots in the state after the Senate failed to act on them in 2013.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge James “Jay” Moody Jr., and Fayetteville attorney Timothy L. Brooks had been nominated last year for the positions but the Senate failed to confirm either — along with a slew of other nominations — before the year ended.

The two were included in a list of nominees that the White House resubmitted to the Senate on Monday.

Moody was nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas, which includes Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro. Brooks was nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Hot Springs.

Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., had endorsed both nominees, who had also been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.