Mississippi state appeals court judge Cory Wilson is President Donald Trump’s intended pick to fill a vacant seat on the New Orleans-based federal appeals court after Republican opposition derailed the previous nominee, the White House said.
The vacancy in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is one of the only remaining vacancies left for Trump to fill at the appeals court level. Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), have prioritized appeals court vacancies over the last three years. Already more than a quarter of the judges at that level were tapped by Trump.
Prior to the Monday announcement, Wilson was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Wilson’s circuit nomination replaces that of Halil “Sul” Ozerden, a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, after two Republican senators, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, opposed his nomination.