Senate confirms federal judge for Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed a new federal judge for the Western District of Tennessee.

The Senate voted 94-2 on Tuesday in Washington to approve John Fowlkes Jr., a criminal court judge in Memphis, for the federal bench.

According to The Memphis Daily News, Fowlkes formerly served as Shelby County's top administrative officer and was involved in efforts by then-county mayor A C Wharton Jr. to reshape the local criminal justice system.

Fowlkes has experience as a prosecutor, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney and assistant district attorney, and as a defense lawyer, working as a public defender.

He replaces Judge Bernice Donald, who was appointed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The western district has four judges in Memphis and two in Jackson.

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