A lawyer's group says the conviction of Hinds County Judge Bobby DeLaughter will give Gov. Haley Barbour an opportunity to appoint a black attorney to the bench.
Since taking office in 2004, Barbour has made 20 judicial appointments, but has yet to appoint a black attorney. And the Magnolia Bar Association, a group comprised of black lawyers, has questioned the lack of diversity in the appointments.
Barbour says few blacks are applying for judicial posts, while Gale Walker, president of the Magnolia Bar, says they're many qualified black attorneys in Hinds County.