Mon., June 25, 2012 12:45pm (EDT)

Governor Appoints Supreme Court Justice
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19.  Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure of Chief Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17.  Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both sides of the bench." (photo courtesy of Briasn Turner)
Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19. Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure of Chief Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17. Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both sides of the bench." (photo courtesy of Briasn Turner)
Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Judge Keith Blackwell to the Georgia Supreme Court effective July 19.

Blackwell will fill a seat left vacant by the pending departure ofChief Justice George Carley, whose resignation becomes effective July 17.

Deal, a Republican, said the court will benefit from Blackwell's experience on "both sides of the bench." Blackwell has worked as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals since former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him in 2010. He's worked as a lawyer in civil practice and formerly was an assistant district attorney in Cobb County.

His appointment marks Deal's first for the state Supreme Court.