Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court being vacated by a retirement. He will replace outgoing Justice George Carley, who has decided to retire next month. Blackwell’s selection was the Republican governor’s first appointment to state Supreme Court, with the swearing-in scheduled for July 19. Blackwell, who previously practiced civil and criminal law, will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.
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