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Prince William judge appointed to court of appeals

Gov. Tim Kaine appointed Prince William Circuit Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. today to fill the Virginia Court of Appeals vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James W. Benton Jr.

Millette, who has a background as a law firm associate and partner, a sole practitioner and a state prosecutor, was named a general district judge in 1990 and elevated to the circuit court in 1993.

He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and its law school.

Millette, 58, probably is best known for presiding over the capital murder trial of sniper John Muhammad.

“To me as a trial lawyer, temperament is the key, and Lee has always had that,” said John D. Whittington, a Prince William lawyer who tried cases against Millette when Millette was in private practice and has appeared before him after he was appointed to the bench. “He’s got the whole package.”

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