Johnson prevails to become first black chief justice

Amid push back by Gov. Jindal, other justices, court rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court resolved a racially-tinged power struggle inside its own ranks, ruling today that Bernette Johnson should be the state’s first Black chief justice.

The court said its ruling was based strictly on the law.

“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,” the court said.

James Williams, one of Johnson’s attorneys, said his client was thrilled.

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