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It’s Resolved: A Black Woman Will Be Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court

by Associated Press

    This undated photo provided by the Louisiana Supreme Court shows Justice Bernette Johnson of New Orleans. The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 that Johnson will be the court's next chief justice, resolving a legal dispute that wound up in federal court. The court's ruling Tuesday says Johnson's years of appointed and elected service on the court give her the seniority that entitles her to succeed Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball early next year. Photo Courtesy/Louisiana Supreme Court (AP File Photo)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that Bernette Johnson will be the court's next chief justice, resolving a legal dispute that wound up in federal court.

The court's ruling Tuesday says Johnson's years of appointed and elected service on the court give her the seniority that entitles her to succeed Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball early next year.

Justice Jeffrey Victory had argued he had more seniority than Johnson and deserved the position.

Johnson filed a federal lawsuit to block her colleagues from deciding the matter. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan ruled in her favor last month.

Johnson will be the court's first Black chief justice.