Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday named state appeals court judge Cheri Beasley to the N.C. Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson’s retirement.
“I am thrilled to appoint Cheri to our state’s highest court,” Perdue said in a statement. “She has excelled both as a district court judge and as a judge on the Court of Appeals. She will make a superb justice on the Supreme Court.”
Beasley was elected to the appellate court in 2008.
“I am honored that Gov. Perdue has appointed me to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina,” Beasley said in the statement released by the governor’s office. “I am grateful for her confidence in my ability to render fair and impartial decisions while serving on our state’s highest court.”
Perdue made the decision despite criticism from some Republican leaders that she was ignoring the nominating process that she had set up by her own executive order. Perdue said she intended to run the name or names of potential candidates past members of the judicial nominations committee for their feedback, but would not submit the names to them for full consideration.
Update: Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger issued this statement in response:
“We’ve reached a new low when the only way our governor can appoint someone to enforce the law is by breaking her own rules,” said Berger. “It is increasingly clear that Gov. Perdue’s creation of the judicial screening commission was nothing short of a deceitful political charade. And unfortunately her actions overshadow what should be a discussion of Judge Beasley’s credentials.”