Former Cape man gets Bush nod

Saturday, February 14, 2004

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- President Bush has nominated Missouri Supreme Court Judge Duane Benton to the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Benton said Friday.

Benton, a former Cape Girardeau resident who has served on the state's highest court since 1991, would replace Judge Theodore McMillian, who is becoming a senior, or semiretired, judge.

Benton served as director of the state Department of Revenue from 1989 to 1991, worked in private law practice in Jefferson City, was chief of staff to Republican Rep. Wendell Bailey from 1980 to 1982, and served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979.

The 8th Circuit hears cases from Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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