The picture of who will be the Louisiana Supreme Court’s next chief justice may be muddy, but one aspect is perfectly clear: When it comes to the public portion of the fight, Justice Bernette Johnson is winning. Although it’s strictly an administrative issue, Johnson’s quest to become the state’s first African-American chief jurist has taken on the air of a full-throated, mission-driven and confident political campaign waged under the banner of the civil rights movement.

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