T-P: Bernette Johnson will be next chief judge of La. Supreme Coourt

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John Simerman reports:

In its ruling on Tuesday, the court found that Johnson's years as an appointed judge counted, taking pains to dismiss the high-volume charges over the past several months.

"Although commentators have loudly emphasized them, factors which we do not ascribe any importance to in answering the constitutional question before us include issues of gender, geography, personality, philosophy, political affiliation, and race — all of which have the potential to inflame passion; however, not one of those factors provides so much as a feather's weight on the scales of justice," according to the 21-page opinion.

Clancy DuBos provides background here and here.

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