Carlson to be honored by Mississippi State

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. has been selected for Mississippi State University’s 2012 Distinguished Jurist Award.

Carlson will be honored at a March 29 ceremony. Selections for the honor are made by a committee of political science faculty and Pre-Law Society members.

Carlson was appointed to the Supreme Court by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2001. In 2004, he was elected to serve an eight-year term and, in 2009, became a presiding justice. He will retire at the end of this term.

Carlson was in private practice 1972-82 before being elected in 1983 as circuit judge in the 17th Judicial District. He was re-elected without opposition four times.

He is a graduate of MSU and the University of Mississippi law school.