Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine has nominated Prince William County Circuit Court Judge LeRoy Millette Jr. to an eight-year term on the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Washington Post reported today. After the nomination was announced yesterday, a spokesman for the governor said Millette had "stood up under heavy scrutiny during a very high-profile trial" while he presided over the first trial for Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad in 2003.
Millette has served as a Prince William County district court or circuit court judge for more than 15 years. If he is confirmed by the Virginia General Assembly, he will replace retired judge James Benton on the Virginia Court of Appeals, the state's second-highest court.
Millette told the Post he is excited about the new job, although it will be a big change. "I've been a lawyer for almost 34 years and have been in court almost every day of that trying cases," he said. "The court of appeals is very different. You don't see people anymore. You read transcripts."