L to R: Supreme Court of North Carolina Justices Cheri Beasley, Robin Hudson, Robert Edmunds, Jr., new Chief Justice Mark Martin, Paul Newby, Barbara Jackson and Sam Ervin IV listen to the opening remarks of newly sworn in Chief Justice Mark Martin, center on Jan. 5, 2015, in Raleigh. Martin was appointed to fill the term of a retiring Chief Justice of NC, and won election recently to a full eight-year term of office.
L to R: Supreme Court of North Carolina Justices Cheri Beasley, Robin Hudson, Robert Edmunds, Jr., new Chief Justice Mark Martin, Paul Newby, Barbara Jackson and Sam Ervin IV listen to the opening remarks of newly sworn in Chief Justice Mark Martin, center on Jan. 5, 2015, in Raleigh. Martin was appointed to fill the term of a retiring Chief Justice of NC, and won election recently to a full eight-year term of office. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com
L to R: Supreme Court of North Carolina Justices Cheri Beasley, Robin Hudson, Robert Edmunds, Jr., new Chief Justice Mark Martin, Paul Newby, Barbara Jackson and Sam Ervin IV listen to the opening remarks of newly sworn in Chief Justice Mark Martin, center on Jan. 5, 2015, in Raleigh. Martin was appointed to fill the term of a retiring Chief Justice of NC, and won election recently to a full eight-year term of office. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com