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Kyle Seeks Shelby County Judge Position

State Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis filed an application Friday to fill the Probate Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Robert Benham, reports Richard Locker.
If he wins the interim appointment by the Shelby County Commission, Kyle said he would resign from the state Senate seat he has held since 1983.
“I believe that if I become judge, I can no longer serve in the legislature but I would leave anyway because I can’t be a judge and be in Nashville,” Kyle said. “This is an unexpected opportunity and I feel this is a job I can do and do well and continue my service to the community.”
Kyle, 62, has served in the legislature for 30 years — by far the longest-tenured Senate member of the Shelby County legislative delegation and second only to veteran House member Rep. Lois DeBerry, D-Memphis, in tenure among the entire delegation. DeBerry was elected in 1972.
The County Commission on April 1 plans to appoint an interim successor to Judge Benham, the day after his retirement is effective. The commission will interview applicants on March 27.

Judge Rules Rep. Ulysses Jones’ Signature Was Forged on Will

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Shelby County probate judge has ruled the signature on a will purported to be that of late state representative Ulysses Jones Jr. is a forgery.
The will left the bulk of Jones’ estate to his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Richards.
On Friday, Judge Robert Benham said he found Richards’ testimony to be evasive and of “dubious trustworthiness,” according to The Commercial Appeal.
That, combined with testimony from handwriting experts that the signature was forged, led the judge to rule in favor of Jones’ two adult children in the dispute over his estate, valued at about $100,000.
Jones was a Memphis Fire Department battalion chief and Democratic state representative for North Memphis and Raleigh. He died on Nov. 9 of complications from pneumonia at the age of 59.
For more details, see the Commercial Appeal.