Leavitt Announces Supreme Court Nominees

Leavitt Announces Supreme Court Nominees

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- If his two latest selections for the state Supreme Court are approved, Gov. Mike Leavitt will have appointed four of the five justices on Utah's highest court.

Leavitt has named Jill N. Parrish, and assistant U.S. Attorney, and 3rd District Judge Ronald Nehring to the Supreme Court. The Senate has 60 days to confirm the nominations.

The two are to replace retiring Justices Richard Howe and Leonard Russon.

Nehring, a Lutheran, would have the distinction of being the only member of the high court who is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Parrish would be the second woman on the five-judge panel, along with Chief Justice Christine Durham.

Durham was appointed to the court by Democratic Gov. Scott Matheson in 1982.

The other two sitting Supreme Court justices are Matthew B. Durrant, 45, and Michael J. Wilkins, 53, both appointed by Leavitt in 2000.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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