Monday, September 19, 2016
New Illinois Supreme Court Justice Selected
The state Supreme Court on Monday announced Karmeier's unanimous selection to a three-year term beginning Oct. 26. He will be the chief administrative officer of the state's judicial system and oversee more than 900 judges in Illinois.
Karmeier has served on the Supreme Court since 2004. He received attention for voting in 2005 overturning a $10.1 billion class-action judgement against Phillip Morris over past efforts to market "low-tar" and "light" cigarettes as healthier alternatives. Plaintiffs' attorneys wanted him recused from the case, saying he had received contributions from Phillip Morris, which Karmeier denied.
Karmeier is replacing Justice Rita Guzman, who is finishing a three-year term as chief justice.
Information provided by the Springfield Journal-Register