Ala. Supreme Court Justice Lyons resigns

Jim Mains (Source: Ala. Dept. of Finance)
Jim Mains (Source: Ala. Dept. of Finance)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Supreme Court Justice Champ Lyons, Jr. has resigned and Gov. Bob Riley has appointed Criminal Appeals Court Judge Jim Main to replace him for the final two years of his term.

The changes are outlined in documents signed by the governor and other state officials Friday.

Main served as Riley's state finance director before the governor appointed him to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in May 2009. He previously practiced law in Montgomery and was once partners with former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley.

Lyons was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 by Gov. Fob James and elected to six-year terms in 2000 and 2006.

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