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Markell Taps Vaughn for Delaware Supreme Court

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James T. Vaughn Jr. James T. Vaughn Jr.

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Gov. Jack Markell has nominated the head judge of Delaware's Superior Court system to become the next state Supreme Court justice.

Markell on Tuesday announced the nomination of Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. to replace Justice Carolyn Berger, who retired Sept. 1.

“For more than 15 years, President Judge Vaughn has served our state with distinction and integrity as a member of the Superior Court,” said Governor Markell. “If confirmed by the Senate, his experience, his wisdom, and his commitment to justice will make him an outstanding addition to Delaware's highest court.”

Vaughn has been a Superior Court for 15 years and has served as President Judge since 2004. Before his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Vaughn spent 22 years as an attorney in private practice, first at Vaughn & Vaughn, then at Vaughn & Nicholas, and finally at Schmittinger & Rodriguez.

Vaughn, 65, graduated from Duke University in 1971 and received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1976. He is a Dover native who now lives in Smyrna and is a former member of the Clayton town council and the Smyrna school board.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive the Governor's appointment to succeed Justice Berger," said Judge Vaughn. “If I am confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to serving Delaware's citizens as part of the state's highest court.”

Vaughn's father, the late James Vaughn Sr., was a former state corrections commissioner who also served more than 25 years in the state Senate.

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