This tale of two conservative judicial nominees, one white and one black, shows that race can still be a sensitive area in federal court nominations. A coalition of civil rights groups has raised "grave concerns" about the first black nominee to the 10th Circuit, Jerome Holmes, because of his "outspoken" criticism of affirmative action. Meanwhile, little controversy was generated by the 10th Circuit nomination of Neil Gorsuch, a conservative white attorney who authored a book opposing assisted suicide.
Race a Critical Issue in 10th Circuit Nomination
The National Law Journal
July 11, 2006