Ivey rescinds judge appointment because of age requirement

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FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo Republican Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to supporters after she won the election at a watch party in Montgomery, Ala. Ivey said she should not have worn blackface in a college skit, but said she has no plan to resign over something that happened 52 years ago. Ivey told reporters Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 that “she should not have done that” and it’s important to apologize. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has rescinded an appointment for Montgomery County probate judge after learning the person is too old under state law.

Ivey on Wednesday appointed retired Gen. Edward F. Crowell to the position. On Thursday, she announced that she was rescinding the appointment because of the age requirement.

Crowell is 70. The Alabama Constitution prohibits the election or appointment of judges over 70.

Ivey said Thursday that she regrets that Crowell will be unable to take the position.

The position of probate judge is vacant after Steven Reed was elected as Montgomery mayor. Reed took office this week.

Some legislators have unsuccessfully tried to raise the age limit to 75.


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