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Shumlin appoints Judge Geoffrey Crawford to Vt. Supreme Court

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin on Friday announced his choice to fill a spot on the Vermont Supreme Court.

Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford will move to the high court, replacing Justice Brian Burgess who retired earlier this year.

Judge Crawford has served as a trial court judge since 2002, when he was appointed by Gov. Howard Dean. He was previously in private practice as a partner at O'Neill Crawford & Green.

Governor Shumlin issued a statement lauding Crawford's reputation for fairness and rigor and his commitment to ensuring the judiciary serves needs of Vermonters.

"His reputation for fairness and rigor, as well as his demonstrated commitment to ensuring that our judiciary serves the needs of Vermonters, make me very proud to appoint him to the Court," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Crawford said he looks forward to joining the court.

Cheryl Hanna of the Vermont Law School appeared on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to discuss Judge Crawford and what his impact could be on Vermont's high court. Watch the video for more.

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