New Miss. justice to take oath

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman will take the oath of office Monday.

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will administer the oath of office during a ceremony at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson. A formal investiture ceremony will be held later.

Coleman is the second member of his family to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Both his grandfather and his father were appellate court judges.

He is the grandson of the late J.P. Coleman, who served as Mississippi governor and on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. J.P. Coleman served briefly on the Supreme Court in 1950, resigning to accept appointment as state attorney general.

Coleman’s father, Thomas Coleman, was one of the original members of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.