Judge Roy Moore was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court last month. Judge Tommy Bryan, who has served with distinction on the Court of Civil Appeals, was also sworn in as a Justice on the High Court. I am confident that both Chief Justice Moore and Justice Bryan will do outstanding jobs on the Court. These two men won impressive victories in their races and did so without having to rely on any special interest group. They will be fair and will follow the law. When you get down to it, that’s all anybody or any group should expect from a judge.
There was also a change on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals as a result of Judge Bryan’s election. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Scott Donaldson was appointed last month to a seat on this Court by Gov. Robert Bentley. Judge Donaldson, who is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, has served as a circuit judge in Tuscaloosa County since 2003. He practiced law for 18 years before becoming a circuit judge. His appointment has received wide-spread approval around the state. The chairman of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, Thomas R. Dart, praised the selection of Donaldson for the Appeals Court position. He had this to say:
Judge Donaldson is highly respected for legal knowledge and fairness during his tenure on the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court. That coupled with his years of judicial experience will make him a valuable addition to the Court of Civil Appeals.
I was told years ago growing up in Clayton that when it comes to evaluating a person’s ability and character, that “home folks know best.” I have found that to be very true over the years. Lawyers in Tuscaloosa all say that Gov. Bentley made an outstanding choice when he selected Judge Donaldson.
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