May 25, 2011 § 3 Comments
Governor Barbour appointed Circuit Judge Ermea “E.J.” Russell of Hinds County, effective May 23, 2011, to fill the unexpired term on the COA formerly held by Judge Leslie King, who was earlier elevated to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Judge Russell, who was Hinds County’s first black, female Circuit Judge, is the COA’s first black, female judge. She has been a member of the judiciary since her appointment by Governor Fordice in 1998.
The State Judiciary website press release on her swearing in is here.
The appointment continues the trend of excluding chancery judges from the appellate courts.