The fourth African-American justice to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court took the oath of office Wednesday during a ceremony at the Gartin Justice Building in downtown Jackson.
Governor Haley Barbour appointed 62-year-old Leslie King of Greenville to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Justice James Graves, Jr.
Graves was confirmed to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals back in February.
Justice King officially began his duties on the high court on March 1.
King is a former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, a youth court counselor, prosecutor and public defender.
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