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Tuesday, August 27, 2002



First Black Chief Justice for Virginia.

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. was elected Virginia's first black chief justice by a vote of his colleagues today. He was appointed to the bench in 1989 by Democratic Gov. Gerald L. Baliles in 1989, and will succeed Harry L. Carrico, who plans to retire Jan. 31 after 42 years on the court.


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