As reported by Civitas Tuesday Governor Bev Perdue is picking Appeals Court Judge Cheri Beasley to fill an empty seat on the State Supreme Court. That seat was vacated when Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson stepped down. Now Perdue will have to pick someone to take Beasley’s place on the Appeals Court. There was specualtion she would select former Appeals Court Judge Cressie Thigpen who lost his re-election bid. But a source close to the Appeals Court says that won’t happen because he lost in previous elections. This will likely be the last chance for Democratic appointments for some time since Republicans gained majorities in the House and Senate and a Republican is moving into the Governor’s Mansion. Because of redistricting Republicans could be in the driver’s seat for at least the next ten years.
Judge Beasley was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2008. She has served as a District Court judge in the Twelfth Judicial District and worked as an assistant public defender in Fayetteville.