This is kind of old news, but Governor Phil Bryant has appointed District Attorney Mark Duncan as circuit judge for the Eight Circuit Court District. Here is an MBJ article on the appointment.

Duncan replaces the retiring Judge Vernon Cotten.

Judge Duncan’s credentials are impressive. Over 800 jury trials, including lead prosecutor of Edgar Ray Killen for the murder of the three civil rights workers outside Philadelphia in 1964. His career in the DA’s office goes back to 1988.

It will be interesting to hear the civil litigation attorneys’ take on Judge Duncan after he has been on the bench for a while. I am reasonably confident he will do a good job.

I don’t have any complaints with Governor Bryant’s track record on judicial appointments. He seems to have a good process for deciding who to appoint. This is another success story for an appointed judiciary.