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8th Circuit Court Associate Judge James Thompson, left, is congratulated by Judge David Miller at Thompson’s retirement reception Monday in Miller’s third-floor courtroom. Around 75 colleagues, employees and friends attended the afternoon event. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

8th Circuit Court Associate Judge James Thompson, left, is congratulated by Judge David Miller at Thompson’s retirement reception Monday in Miller’s third-floor courtroom. Around 75 colleagues, employees and friends attended the afternoon event. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black-Richmond News Publisher

Court was in session Monday afternoon – but not the typical variety.

James Carey Thompson, associate judge for the 8th Circuit, and his wife Kathy were met by attorneys, county officials, court clerks and friends in the third-floor court for Thompson’s retirement reception. Around 75 people attended.

“It’s a little overwhelming. It’s nice,” said Thompson, who originally didn’t want the attention but relented after court clerks who work in the civil and criminal division insisted.

David Miller, a former court adversary and now fellow judge, heaped praise on Thompson for his lifelong public service in the community.

“With all he has accomplished, these are big shoes to fill,” Miller said, who was public defender when Thompson was county prosecutor.

Thompson’s successor agrees.

“I agree with Judge Miller’s remarks. Such a tremendous public figure, as a private attorney, prosecutor and judge. I look forward to the challenge of living up to that,” said Lori Baskins, who’ll be sworn in Dec. 31 as the new associate judge.

Among those attending was former Associate Circuit Judge David Busch, who recommended Thompson to the Democratic Central Committee in 2009 to fill out his term.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 Richmond News.

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