June 10, 2002 at 9:14 PM CDT - Updated July 3 at 2:06 PM
There's a new judge in town.
Monday morning, James Meredith was named the Smith County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace.
Meredith replaces Rosa Ferguson, who resigned to work as a federal courtroom deputy. Back in March, Meredith narrowly defeated Ferguson in the Republican primary for the spot, and there was no Democratic contender.