New Justice Sworn In

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New Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael Randolph says he's giving up his successful legal practice to join the judiciary to make the state a better place to live.

Randolph will fill the unexpired term of Justice Ed Pittman, who retired March 31. The term ends next January. Randolph said he will be a candidate in this year's election. The qualifying deadline is May 7.

Gov. Haley Barbour said Randolph was among three of the top names recommended by his judiciary nominating committee. He says Randolph's reputation and integrity got him the appointment.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Randolph graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1974. He also attended Ohio State University and Rollins College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1972.

Randolph served two years in the Navy's Judge Advocate Corps. He began practicing law in Hattiesburg in 1976. Randolph and his wife have three children.