- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed state District Judge Richard Darby to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Darby, who’s been a judge in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, was named Thursday to succeed former Justice Joseph Watt, who retired last year.

Darby, of Altus, has served as a district judge in Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman, Greer and Harmon counties since 1994. Before that, he served as a special judge and an associate district judge in Jackson County.


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Fallin chose Darby for the state’s highest court from three applicants that were submitted to her by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.

Justices on the nine-member Supreme Court serve as long as they are able and must appear on an election ballot and be retained by voters every six years.



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