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Mike Tonos 6/10/10
State justice tapped
for 5th Circuit
JACKSON – President Barack Obama has nominated Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves Jr., to a federal appeals post.
Graves’ nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was announced Thursday. The 5th Circuit hears appeals from the federal courts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
Obama said in a statement that Graves has shown integrity and commitment to public service throughout his career.
Graves is the only black justice on the state Supreme Court, where he’s served since 2001. Before that, he was a Hinds County Circuit Court judge for 10 years.
Last fall, 5th Circuit Judge Rhesa Barksdale took senior status. A senior-status judge takes on a reduced role, working part time, but still handles court cases annually.