Graham Bosworth, a former New Orleans prosecutor and attorney for the Jefferson Parish Public Defender’s Office, was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to temporarily fill the Section D seat of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, according to a report from The Advocate.
The Benjamin Franklin High School graduate is expected to serve as a temporary judge starting July 1 through the end of 2016. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson signed the order Thursday (June 23), the newspaper reported. The position was long held by Judge Frank Marullo, who retired December 31.
A member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Bosworth served as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Incarceration Reduction and Reform. He is also a member of the New Orleans and Jefferson Bar Associations.
An election to choose a permanent judge for the remainder of the six-year term includes assistant district attorney Kevin Guillory, attorney Marie Williams and capital defense attorney Dennis Moore as candidates, with more expected to come. The primary is set for Nov. 8, and the runoff will occur Dec. 10. Qualifying begins July 20.
Accepting the temporary appointment means Bosworth he cannot remain in the field to run for the seat this fall. State law bars him from running for any judge seat for at least one year after this temporary term ends. Boswoth expressed his interest in the position in August 2014 when he announced his campaign for Marullo’s seat.
Bosworth’s new role comes after the state Supreme Court temporarily appointed attorney John Fuller to the seat. He stepped away from the offer, however, to serve as defense for the deceased Saints player Will Smith’s accused shooter Cardell Hayes. The bench was previously held in rotation by retired judges Dennis Waldron, Calvin Johnson and Jerome Winsberg after the state’s Supreme Court suspended Marullo in February 2015 over age regulations.
Marullo retired and ended his 40-year career as the Section D judge. He was appointed by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1974, and is the longest-serving judge in Louisiana.
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