President Donald Trump has nominated a Jamaican-born law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the United States’ longest federal judiciary vacancy.

Trump nominated Richard E Myers on Wednesday to be a federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr had been nominated four times — twice by President George W Bush and twice by Trump — but was blocked in the Senate over his legal work that critics say disenfranchised black voters. President Barack Obama nominated two black women for the judgeship vacant since January 2006; Republicans blocked both.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Myers immigrated to the US as a child. Senator Thom Tills, a supporter of Farr’s nomination, cited Myers’ work advising the University of North Carolina’s Federalist Society chapter in calling him an “outstanding choice.”

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