Monday, April 12, 2010

Former Ga Chief Justice on Short List to Replace Stevens on Supreme Court



Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears is among the short list of candidates as a possible replacement for John Paul Stevens who will step down from the supreme court this summer.

Sears is the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. state of Georgia and former Chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia.

She was sworn in on June 28, 2005, becoming the first African-American female Chief Justice in the United States. She was first appointed as justice in 1992 by then-Governor Zell Miller (D). She is the daughter of United States Army Colonel Thomas E. Sears and Onnye Jean Sears, she was born in Heidelberg, Germany, but the family eventually settled in Savannah, Georgia.

She became a Superior Court judge in 1988 (the first African-American woman to hold that position in the state) & right after that She became a state Supreme Court justice in 1992.

Sears is friends with Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, due to their home towns in southeastern Georgia.

I hope the president goes with someone like Mrs. Sears as the nominee to the high court. He can't go wrong with her as the nominee.

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