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Update: Trump taps appeals court judges, former prosecutor, to federal bench

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tapped two Georgia Court of Appeals judges and a former prosecutor on Thursday to the federal bench.

The White House confirmed that Georgia Court of Appeals Judges Tripp Self and Billy Ray to fill two of three open U.S. district court judgeships, which are lifetime appointments. Michael Brown, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice in Atlanta, was also tapped to the post.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the appointments early Thursday.

Trump is also expected to soon fill three U.S. Attorney positions. Among the names that have emerged are  former state Rep. B.J. Pak and attorneys Charlie Peeler and Bobby Christine. U.S. attorneys serve four-year terms and, like judgeships, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Read about the potential nominees and the long selection process for federal judicial picks on myAJC

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.