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Justice Hunter returning to NC Court of Appeals

R.N. “Bob” Hunter Jr. is returning to the state Court of Appeals after a brief stay on the N.C. Supreme Court. Gov. Pat McCrory announced the appointment Monday.

Hunter was an appellate court judge until September, when McCrory appointed him to the high court to fill a vacancy through the end of this year. Hunter ran for election to the Supreme Court, but lost in November to Sam Ervin IV, an appeals court colleague who ran unsuccessfully for Supreme Court in 2012.

Hunter is taking Ervin’s seat on the appeals court.

“Justice Hunter’s legal background and experience makes him well-suited to return to the Court of Appeals,” McCrory said in a news release. “I am grateful Justice Hunter has agreed to devote his considerable legal skills and experience to the continued service of our state.”

Hunter and his wife, Susan Awbrey Hunter, live in Morehead City.