Charleston, WV (AP) -- Veteran Justice Thomas McHugh has been officially sworn in to fill the unexpired term of State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Albright, who died last month.
McHugh previously won terms on the court in 1980 and 1992.
He had been sitting on the bench since last September when Albright took a leave of absence following complications with esophageal cancer.
McHugh will serve until 2010 when voters decide who will fill the remaining two years of Albright's term.
In a ceremony at the capitol Wednesday, Gov. Joe Manchin called McHugh a man of honor, and the best choice to fulfill Albright's term.
McHugh says he and Manchin talked at length about the appointment, and decided it should be done in the interest of stability in government.
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