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Two appointed as W.Va. circuit judges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two new circuit judges are ready to take the bench.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday announced the appointments of Romney attorney H. Charles Carl III and Harrison County assistant prosecutor Kurt W. Hall.

Carl will serve in the 22nd Judicial Circuit that includes Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties. He takes over for Donald Cookman, who was appointed to the state Senate.

Carl began practicing law with his grandfather in 1987. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

Hall will serve in the 26th Judicial Circuit that includes Lewis and Upshur counties. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Thomas Keadle.Hall has degrees from Fairmont State University and the West Virginia University School of Law. He's been an assistant prosecutor for 11 years. Hall started his career as a clerk in an Elkins law firm, and later served as a public defender and as an assistant prosecutor in Randolph County.


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