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Supreme Court Justice Kimball to Retire

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LaPolitics Daily Update

April 18, 2012                         By John Maginnis

Supreme Court Justice Catherine “Kitty” Kimball plans to retire early next year, which has been confirmed by the judicial administrator’s office.

Kimball, 67, is the first female chief justice. Following a stroke she suffered in early 2010, she was re-elected later that year to a 10-year term in the 5th District, which comprisesEast Baton Rougeand surrounding parishes.

Names of potential candidates to replace her in a special election this November include: Court of Appeal Judges John Guidry, Toni Higginbotham and Duke Welch, District Judges Jeff Hughes and William Morvant and attorney Guy Holdridge.

Kimball, a Democrat, was considered a centrist and a swing vote on a number of key issues. The election to succeed her is expected to be a high-stakes battle involving business interests, labor and trial attorneys.

More details in LaPolitics Weekly on Thursday night.

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