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Opening on appeals court interests Miss. judge

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. says he's interested in a vacancy on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The 5th Circuit hears appeals from the federal courts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Graves, however, declined to tell The Clarion-Ledger whether he has been contacted by the White House. The Obama administration has not released information on candidates.

Last fall, 5th Circuit Judge Rhesa Barksdale took senior status. A senior-status judge takes on a reduced role, working part time, but still handles court cases annually. The 56-year-old Graves has been on the Mississippi court since2001. Before that, he was a Hinds County Circuit Court judge for 10 years.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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