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Langham wants new judgeship in Morgan

By Sheryl Marsh · 340-2437

A lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for Morgan County district judge in the 2006 Republican primary, has placed his bid with the governor for appointment to a newly created judgeship.

Charles Langham, 58, said he’s submitted an application for Gov. Bob Riley’s consideration.

“I think I’m qualified for the job, and I would work well with Judge David Breland and Judge Shelly Waters,” Langham said. “I love working with young people, and this judgeship deals with them a lot.”

Riley announced last week that he had made funding available for the third district court judgeship, which the Legislature approved in 2000.

Langham is a longtime supporter of the Republican Party.

He practices law alone in his office on Cain Street Northeast.

“I’ve been at the same location 28 years, and I still have the same secretary,” he said, chuckling.

He handles mostly civil and child support cases and does some criminal defense work.

Decatur resident

He and his wife, Sonja, reside in Decatur. Langham has a bachelor’s degree in commercial and business administration and a master’s in public administration from The University of Alabama. He earned his law degree from the university’s school of law.

Between graduate school and law school, Langham taught at Snow Hill Institute in Wilcox County.

He worked the first two years of his law career as an assistant district attorney when the Morgan circuit included Limestone County.

Waters won the district court post that Judge David Bibb vacated last year, over Langham and Assistant District Attorney Paul Matthews.

“I would be elated if the governor appointed me for the job,” he said. “I am most interested in it, and I know I would do a good job because of my experience and interest in the judicial process, especially for young people.”

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