Jonesboro judge sworn in to federal bench

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge from Jonesboro has been formally sworn in as the newest federal judge in Arkansas. Denzil Price Marshall Jr. participated in the ceremony on Friday in Little Rock The U.S. Senate had confirmed the 47-year-old Marshall on May 5, making him President Barack Obama's first nominee from Arkansas to be confirmed to a judicial post.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Marshall has been working since then in the Little Rock federal courthouse. He initially went through a private swearing-in ceremony in mid-May, without any fanfare.

The ceremony Friday included a gathering of members of the Arkansas Court of Appeals, on which Marshall had served starting in 2007, and some of Marshall's former law partners from Jonesboro. Arkansas' two U.S. senators, Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln, suggested Marshall for the job.

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