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Gov. Gavin Newsom nominates Martin J. Jenkins to serve as a justice on the California Supreme Court

Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 20:59:02-04

(AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated the first openly gay Black man to the state Supreme Court.

Newsom nominated Martin Jenkins to the court on Monday. The 66-year-old would be the third Black person to serve on the court if he is confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Jenkins would replace Justice Ming W. Chin, who retired at the end of August.

Jenkins is a former federal civil rights attorney who prosecuted cross burnings and police misconduct cases under President Ronald Reagan. He was appointed by Republicans and Democrats to four different judgeships.