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supreme-court-raceThe decision who will be the next Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice has gone from the legal to the judicial with a foot and arm smack in the political arenas.

Then, this is Louisiana, after all where politics prime over everything imaginable.

However, in this case, the issue is not just politics, it is race.

Black versus White.

Many of the stalwart conservatives believe that Jeffrey Victory should be the next Supreme Court Justice while many of the liberals feel it should be Bernette  Johnson who would be the first woman African American Supreme Court Justice in Louisiana.

 

 

Here’s the way the Louisiana Weekly discussed a recent court appearance on this issue:

The battle over who will become the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court made its way before a federal judge Aug. 16 as lawyers for Justice Bernette Johnson—who is vying to take over the position after the state’s current chief justice retires—argued that the state of Louisiana is engaged in the same tactics of racial obstruction that were employed in the Old South in its effort to bar Johnson, who is Black, from assuming the state’s top legal post.

James Williams, a former Johnson protégé and attorney in this case, said Johnson “is being treated differently” because of her race and that her opponents are relegating her position and tenure on the Supreme Court to being “three-fifths of a justice,” raising the spector of the famous Three-Fifths Compromise.

But representatives for Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed back against the assertion that the state cares anything about Johnson’s race and countered that the issue is a matter for state court and does not fall under federal jurisdiction.

“I bristle at the suggestion that anyone is trying to put impediments in the way of Justice Johnson,” said Phelps Gay, an attorney representing the governor. “The state has no position on who should be the next Supreme Court chief justice.”

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  1. Mayor Landrieu files brief supporting Justice Bernette Johnson

    (Louisiana Local News)

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu said last month that he supported the right of New Orleanian Bernette Johnson to be the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court , and the city this week filed an official ...

    Created on 20 August 2012

  2. Black Jurist at Heart of Louisiana Supreme Court Dispute - Afro American

    (Louisiana Government)

    ... Justice Bernette Johnson are seeking to reopen the voting rights case that gave the Deep South state its first Black Supreme Court justice. Johnson joined the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994 after an ...

    Created on 17 August 2012

  3. Louisiana debates whether black justice should head high court

    (Louisiana Government)

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Lawyers for a black judge argued on Thursday that Bernette Johnson is entitled to become the next chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court because she has served on the state ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  4. Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice controversy argued before federal judge - NOLA.com

    (Louisiana Law)

    ... leave it to that body to figure out. The oral arguments followed a flurry of briefs filed before Morgan in recent months. Louisiana Supreme Court via The Associated Press Justice BernetteJohnson's federal ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  5. Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice controversy argued before federal judge

    (Louisiana Local News)

    ... leave it to that body to figure out. The oral arguments followed a flurry of briefs filed before Morgan in recent months. Louisiana Supreme Court via The Associated Press Justice BernetteJohnson's federal ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  6. Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice controversy argued before ...

    (Louisiana Law)

    ... leave it to that body to figure out. The oral arguments followed a flurry of briefs filed before Morgan in recent months. Louisiana Supreme Court via The Associated Press Justice BernetteJohnson's federal ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  7. Former La. AG says Johnson entitled to be SC's next chief justice - Legal News Line

    (Louisiana Law)

    ... this week, argues that state Supreme Court Justice BernetteJohnson is entitled to become the high court's next chief justice based on her seniority. Ieyoub, who currently practices with Baton Rouge firm ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  8. Jindal leads way, not Caldwell on Louisiana Supreme Court dispute - Bayoubuzz

    (Louisiana Government)

    Perhaps even more interesting that the constitutional questions involved in a federal case brought by Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Bernette Johnson against her colleagues is the political ...

    Created on 16 August 2012

  9. Former La. AG says Johnson entitled to be SC's next chief justice

 

              

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