Newest Louisiana Supreme Court member takes oath of office

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OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new member of the state Supreme Court.

Republican Jimmy Genovese, formerly an appeals court judge, was sworn in Tuesday to the seven-member high court at a ceremony in his hometown of Opelousas. He’ll represent Louisiana’s 3rd District, covering the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas.

The new associate justice defeated Marilyn Castle, a Republican state district court judge in Lafayette who was favored by business groups, in the November election to take the seat for a 10-year term. Genovese received 51 percent of the vote.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson were among the speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony.

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