WASHINGTON, D.C. Late last week President Donald Trump announced nominations for U.S. Attorney and U.S. District Court Judge openings in North Carolina, acting on the recommendations of Republican Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.Trump announced his intention to nominate Bobby Higdon to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.”Mr. Higdon is an excellent choice to serve as the U.S. attorney for North Carolina’s Eastern District,” said Burr. “He has extensive legal expertise, having served as an assistant United States attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, and will provide fair and experienced leadership in this role.”Tillis said of Higdon that he is “an incredibly qualified choice for U.S. attorney, holding decades of prosecutorial experience,” adding that, “Eastern North Carolina will benefit from Bobby’s leadership.”Higdon sports a decorated career as a federal prosecutor, handling high-profile cases. He also has significant management experience as former criminal chief in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Higdon earned his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law and is currently a partner at Williams Mullen. He lives in Cary.Trump also announced his nomination of Thomas Farr to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Eastern District of North Carolina.Farr has tried cases in federal and state courts in N.C. and has handled appeals at all levels of the N.C. appellate courts, the 4th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.”Thomas Farr is widely respected as one of the best legal minds in North Carolina,” said Tillis. “He is impeccably qualified, and I am confident he will be an independent-minded judge committed to fairness and will faithfully apply the law.”In 2006, Farr was nominated by President George W. Bush to fill the very same vacancy on the U.S. District Court, and the American Bar Association rated him as unanimously well-qualified.”I am pleased once again to support Thomas Farr for district judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina,” said Burr. “Mr. Farr was previously nominated for this judgeship in 2006. His wealth of experience will serve North Carolina well.”Farr received his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, received his law degree from Emory University and holds a master’s of law degree from Georgetown University.
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