Chief Justice en LA Afternoon News <p>US court hears arguments over chief justice choice<br> JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press</p><br><div><p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An overflow crowd heard attorneys for the only African-American on the Louisiana Supreme Court argue she should be its next chief justice.</p><p>James Williams told U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan that Bernette Johnson has served longer than any other justice, and that's what the state constitution requires to be chief justice.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Jack Hopke 17976 at Suit Filed Over Naming Chief Justice <p>A <font color="red">Louisiana</font> Supreme Court justice is suing to block her colleagues from debating and voting on whether she is legally entitled to become the court&#39;s next chief justice.</p><p>A federal suit filed Thursday on behalf of Justice Bernette Johnson says she is next in line for the job because she qualifies as the court&#39;s longest-serving justice.</p><p>But Justice Jeffrey Victory also has staked a claim to succeeding Chief Justice Catherine &quot;Kitty&quot; Kimball, who retires next year.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:30:13 +0000 The Associated Press 15232 at Chief Justice of Louisiana Supreme Court Retiring <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; The chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court is retiring. Catherine Kimball says that she will leave the court in January after serving for 20 years. Kimball&#39;s term runs until 2018.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:06:34 +0000 The Associated Press 9032 at