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Ireland Sworn In As SJC Chief Justice

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Senior Associate Justice Roderick Ireland remarks on his nomination to serve as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office)

Senior Associate Justice Roderick Ireland remarks on his nomination to serve as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. (Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor’s Office)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Roderick Ireland was sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

He replaces the retiring Margaret Marshall and becomes the first black to hold the post.

WBZ Radio’s Carl Stevens reports

Ireland takes over at a time when the courts are plagued by high caseloads, budget challenges and allegations of political favoritism in the hiring of the Probation Department it oversees.

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