Sunday, January 14, 2007

Spitzer Taps Local Justice For Court Of Appeals

Theodore Jones Jr. AP Photo

NY 1 News

Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his nomination of Theodore Jones Junior as associate judge to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. The 62-year-old, Brooklyn-born jurist is currently a state supreme court justice. If confirmed, the Democrat would become only the third African-American judge serving in the state's top division. "I am profoundly aware of the importance of this nomination, and I cherish the position in which I find myself," said Jones. "He will be a great and distinguished jurist," said Spitzer. "Somebody whose life story and record gives him not only the intellectual skills but also the real life understanding that you need on the highest court of the state." Jones is expected to be confirmed by the state Senate. He would succeed Judge Albert Rosenblatt, who was forced to step down after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 last year.

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