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Wilson to fill interim judgeship

Last Modified: Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:29 PM

Johnathan Manning // American Press

The state Supreme Court has appointed local attorney Richard Wilson to replace Judge Wilford Carter from Nov. 1 until Jan. 1, said Valerie Willard, high court spokeswoman.

Wilson, an attorney at Cox Cox Filo Camel and Wilson, is a graduate of Tulane University. He served as a law clerk in the 14th Judicial District Court, according to a profile on his firm’s website. He has handled maritime, personal injury, toxic tort and workers’ compensation cases, the profile says.

The Supreme Court will formally announce Wilson as Carter’s replacement in the coming week, Willard said.

Carter, the longest-serving judge in 14th Judicial District Court, announced in early October that he will step down at the end of the month. Carter’s six-year term was to end Dec. 31, 2014.

As an appointed judge, Wilson cannot run to permanently fill Carter’s seat.

Carter, who has served as judge for 21 years, and Al Gray were the first black judges elected in the 14th Judicial District Court when they were elected in 1992.

Neither Carter nor Wilson could be reached for comment.

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