Josiah Coleman elected to Mississippi Supreme Court in northern district

November 6, 2012 9:52:34 PM



Josiah Coleman of Toccopola has been elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court in the northern or 3rd court district, beating Richard "Flip" Phillips of Batesville. 


Coleman's eight-year term will begin in January. The 39-year-old will take the seat of retiring Justice George C. Carlson Jr. 


Strong support from business groups helped push Coleman past Phillips. 


Phillips, 65, touted his 40-year legal career including criminal and civil law. He has been a prosecutor and has represented local governments and businesses. 


Although judicial candidates run without party labels, the state Republican Party had endorsed Coleman. 


Coleman had raised $252,000 by Oct. 30, with help from groups such as BIPEC, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Association of Realtors and Mississippi Medical PAC. 


Phillips had raised $415,000 by Oct. 30, with support mainly from lawyers.