Beasley sworn in as chief justice; public ceremony next week

Published 6:22 am Saturday, March 2, 2019

(AP) — North Carolina officially has a new chief justice.

A court system spokeswoman confirmed that Cheri Beasley was sworn in Friday morning privately at the state Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American woman to serve as North Carolina’s chief justice. A formal, public ceremony is set for next week at the court.

Gov. Roy Cooper elevated Beasley — an associate justice since late 2012 — to the chief justice’s position with the resignation of Mark Martin, whose official last day was Thursday. He’s the new dean at Regent University law school in Virginia.

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Beasley’s chief justice appointment lasts through the end of next year. She’s already said she plans to run for a full-eight term in the 2020 elections.



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