Koch named to Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Bredesen ended the wait today by naming William C. Koch Jr. as the fifth Supreme Court justice. Koch, who has served as presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Section, since 2003, fills the remaining vacancy created by the retirements of Justice E. Riley Anderson and Adolpho A. Birch, Jr.

"We are now complete," Chief Justice Willam Barker said today. "I am looking forward to Judge Koch's service on the Supreme Court. The governor has made an excellent selection who will serve the people of Tennessee with distinction and good judgment." It was not announced when Koch would be sworn in.
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