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5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has first black chief judge

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has its first black chief judge.  Monday was Judge Carl E. Stewart's first day as chief judge of the New Orleans-based appeals court. The Shreveport resident succeeds Judge Edith H. Jones, who stepped down from the post.  62-year-old Stewart has served as a state judge in Caddo Parish and was later elected to Louisiana's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  The 5th Circuit hears appeals from cases in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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