President Donald Trump is packing the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with conservative jurists. The court, based in Atlanta, has 12 judges and serves Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Trump has placed two new judges on the court already
—Elizabeth Branch and Kevin Newsom. A third nominee, Britt Grant, is expected to be confirmed. A dispute with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is holding up her confirmation. Observers expect the new appointments to solidify
the court as one of the most conservative in the na
A former Hall County trial judge, Story was put on the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1997.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story in 2004. (AJC File)
Over the past two decades, Story has presided over the high-profile race discrimination case against Coca-Cola, a lawsuit that unsuccessfully tried to halt predominantly Christian prayers to open Cobb County Commission meetings, and the corruption case against former Fulton County Commission Chairman Mitch Skandalakis.
In 2006, Story oversaw the trial against former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, who was convicted of tax evasion. At sentencing, when handing down a 30-month prison term, Story told Campbell, “As the trial progressed, I was overcome, almost appalled, by the breadth of misconduct in your administration.”