Judge appointed in McDaniel challenge

Former Southwest Mississippi Chancery Judge Hollis McGehee has been appointed to hear Chris McDaniel’s challenge of the June 24 GOP runoff he lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.

State Supreme Court Justice William Waller Jr. appointed McGehee on Friday, after McDaniel filed his court challenge on Thursday, the deadline for him to do so.

McGehee is a senior-status judge who remains active with a substantial caseload of appointed cases. In recent years he has heard annexation cases in Biloxi and Pass Christian. He also is a Methodist pastor serving two small churches near Lucedale.

Reached by phone Friday, McGehee said he did not want to comment on his appointment or the McDaniel case and that “I’m just going to do my job … and handle it in the courtroom.”

McGehee served as the single Chancery Court judge for the Fourth District from 1995 to 2005. The district includes Franklin, Amite, Pike and Walthall counties.

Originally posted at the Clarion-Ledger