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|Current Court Information:|
|Mississippi Court of Appeals|
|Title:||Former judicial candidate|
|Position:||District 2, Position 2|
|Undergraduate:||Austin Peay State University|
|Law School:||University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1997|
|Candidate for:||Court of Appeals|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
- See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2012
On September 10, 2012, state election commissioners decided that Westbrooks was ineligible to run for the position because she lived outside of the district. Westbrooks conceded that she lived 0.7 miles outside of District 2, but maintained that state law does not require her to live in the district to run for the position. Her law practice, she explained, is located in the district. She said she would move into the district to serve on the court, if necessary.
On September 17, Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ordered that Westbrooks be placed back on the ballot. The elections board appealed to the Supreme Court the following day. The Supreme Court, on Sept. 25, overturned Kidd's order, ruling, "We find that a candidate for the office of Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi must reside within the district for the office she seeks...We further find that Westbrooks has not met the residency requirement." Justice David Chandler dissented.
Westbrooks began her career as an Assistant District Attorney for the 2nd District. After three years, she left that position to work with the Issac Byrd and Associates Law Firm. In December of 2001, she started her own law firm, The Law Office of Latrice Westbrooks, PLLC. She also hosts a weekly radio show about legal matters called "Ask Latrice".
- MS Secretary of State's Office 2012 Candidate Qualifying List
- LinkedIn: Latrice Westbrooks
- Facebook: Latrice Westbrooks for Court of Appeals
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Clarion Ledger, "Banks running for court", May 11, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Republic, "Jackson attorney says she'll challenge board's decision to remove her from Appeals Court race", September 10, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Sun Herald, "Supreme court reverses order in appellate race", September 25, 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Latrice Westbrooks campaign website: About