Representatives of several civil rights organizations on Friday called on the White House to remove state Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs from a list of expected nominees to the federal bench in Georgia. Their objection to Boggs stems from his vote in 2001 as a state legislator from Waycross to retain Georgia’s old state flag, which was embedded with the Confederate battle emblem.

At a news conference in front of the Richard Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta, State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, called on President Obama to drop Boggs from consideration for a federal judgeship in Atlanta.

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