Bernette Johnson http://wwno.org en Bernette Johnson Sworn in as La. Supreme Court Chief http://wwno.org/post/bernette-johnson-sworn-la-supreme-court-chief Her honor Bernette J. Johnson was sworn in as Louisiana's first African American chief justice Friday morning. Johnson was only able to take her seat after two civil rights lawsuits.<img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/johnson_bernette01.jpg" alt="" /><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 28397 at http://wwno.org Hearing set in dispute over next chief justice http://wwno.org/post/hearing-set-dispute-over-next-chief-justice <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A federal judge is set to hold a hearing in the dispute over who will to be the next chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Louisiana's constitution says the longest-serving of the seven justices must get the top spot.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:01:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18074 at http://wwno.org La. Court In Racially Charged Power Struggle, Again http://wwno.org/post/la-court-racially-charged-power-struggle-again A power struggle on the Louisiana Supreme Court is headed to federal<strong> </strong>court this week. Lawyers are seeking to reopen an old voting rights case that gave the Deep South state its first black Supreme Court justice. What's at stake in the racially charged fight is whether Louisiana will now have its first African-American chief justice.<p>Justice Bernette Johnson joined the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994, elected to a special seat created to remedy racial disparities in Louisiana's justice system. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:33:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 17790 at http://wwno.org Fifteen Orleans officials side with Johnson in Supreme Court spat http://wwno.org/post/fifteen-orleans-officials-side-johnson-supreme-court-spat <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Fifteen New Orleans-area elected officials have told Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Katherine Kimball that she should take steps to ensure that Justice Bernette Johnson succeeds her as the court&#39;s chief.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:46:16 +0000 The Associated Press 16948 at http://wwno.org Status conference set for La. justice's suit http://wwno.org/post/status-conference-set-la-justices-suit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A federal judge has scheduled a status conference to discuss a Louisiana Supreme Court justice&#39;s bid to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is entitled to become the court&#39;s next chief justice.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:44:34 +0000 The Associated Press 16134 at http://wwno.org Feds asked to review debate over La. chief justice http://wwno.org/post/feds-asked-review-debate-over-la-chief-justice <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Several black Louisiana elected officials are asking the Justice Department&#39;s civil rights division to intervene in a dispute over whether state Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson is legally entitled to become the court&#39;s next chief justice.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:25:33 +0000 The Associated Press 15425 at http://wwno.org