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BREAKING NEWS: John Arrowood to Replace Judge McCullough on Court of Appeals

North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough earlier today announced his retirement from the bench, effective immediately, only a month and a few days before he was to reach the mandatory retirement age on May 28.  Governor Roy Cooper immediately appointed former Court of Appeals judge John Arrowood to fill the seat left vacant by Judge McCullough’s early retirement.  This surprising chain of events appears to be directly related to proposed legislation that would reduce the size of the Court of Appeals (see here).  The Raleigh News and Observer has additional details here.

–Patrick Kane

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One Response to "BREAKING NEWS: John Arrowood to Replace Judge McCullough on Court of Appeals"

  • Beth Scherer
    April 25, 2017 - 10:12 am Reply

    This could be a game changer. If Judge Calabria decides not to run for reelection in 2018, her seat would not be eliminated because the mandatory retirement or voluntary resignation would likely not come into play (that is what triggers elimination of a seat). That leaves only one seat in the foreseeable future–Judge Hunter’s–that would be subject to elimination.

    Chief Judge McGee is scheduled for mandatory retirement in 2021, but her term ends in 2020.

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