Caption: HISTORIC POST: Leslie D. King of Greenville, MS, is sworn in as chief judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals by Court of Appeals presiding judge Billy G. Bridges while his wife, Patricia King, holding a family Bible as he takes his oath, looks on at the Capitol in Jackson, MS. King is the first Black judge to hold the position. King was among the original 10 judges to serve on the Court of Appeals when it started hearing cases in January 1995. King was selected for the top job by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Smith after the retirement of Roger H. McMillin, Jr. Prior to his election to the Court of Appeals, he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives. King was vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1988-1991 and was president of the Mississippi Black Legislative Caucus in 1988. Judge King earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 1970 and law degree at the Texas Southern University School of Law in 1973.
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