Second top Republican says he will vote against Trump judge pick

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Senator Tim Scott says he will oppose nominee Thomas Farr, criticized for defending laws that discriminated against African Americans

A second Republican senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has said he will vote against Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as a district judge in North Carolina, likely dooming the prospects of Thomas Farr filling the country’s longest court vacancy.

Civil rights groups such as the NAACP have heavily criticized Farr for his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African Americans. Farr is nominated to serve as a district court judge in North Carolina.

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