JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Chief Judge of the State Court of Appeals was chosen by Governor Haley Barbour to fill the vacancy on the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Judge Leslie D. King has been selected to fill the seat left vacant by Justice James Graves, who is now serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Greenville native is a 1970 graduate of Ole Miss with a law degree from Texas Southern Law School.
The 62-year-old has served on the State Court of Appeals since its creation in 1994.
King was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1994.
He believes fairness is the most important quality that he brings to the state's high court.
"The obligation of the court is to insure that it's a fair day and that no matter what the outcome is, it's one which is done in such a manner as to generate respect by the parties and by the public as a whole," said King.
"It happens that Justice King was the most qualified person available, best choice, but I don't think it would be appropriate for our state to have an all white supreme court," said Governor Barbour.
King and his wife Patricia have two daughters
King fills the un-expired term of Justice Graves which ends in December of 2012.
He said he already plans to run for re-election.
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