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Leslie King Sworn in to State High Court

By Daniel Cherry | Published 13 Apr 2011 01:35pm | comments

The Mississippi Supreme Court now has its newest addition. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports on the investiture of Justice Leslie King to the state high court.

Leslie King is the 4th African American on the state Supreme Court. He grew up in Mississippi through the Civil Rights Era. That's something King says gives him a unique view on law.

"I think I bring the perspective of someone who has not always had the protections of the law and society. Unless you can protect each and every individual then the law is meaningless."

King is replacing James Graves who was appointed to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court. Chief Justice William Waller Jr. has worked closely with King in the past. He says he has no worries about how King will perform.

"In the range of possible options the governor could not have selected a better person who is not only suited for the position but is prepared to immediately assume the duties and to perform in an outstanding manner."

King received his robe and took his oath of office yesterday afternoon in the Mississippi Supreme Court. Daniel Cherry...MPB News.




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