- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A newly sworn Kanawha County Family Court judge is already awaiting a verdict - from his girlfriend, to whom he proposed during his swearing-in ceremony.

With about 50 people gathered for the ceremony, Judge-Elect Jim Douglas asked Phyllis Taylor Veith to marry him, to which she responded, “The jury is still out.”

The state Supreme Court of Appeals said in a news release Thursday that Douglas was sworn in last Friday at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston.

Douglas’ three children and five grandchildren were on hand for the ceremony. His younger son held the Bible for the oath, and his other two children performed the robing at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Douglas was elected in May to the bench and begins his term Jan. 1.

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