RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Beverly Perdue says she will appoint a North Carolina Supreme Court justice without going through a formal process she established for similar vacancies.
Perdue confirmed to reporters she will not use the nominating commission she established in 2011 to receive vetted candidates to succeed to Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/QtqUxD) Perdue said Thursday she would likely speak to commission leaders after she makes her own tentative choice.
Timmons-Goodson announced Wednesday she would retire Dec. 17. The commission chairman wrote Perdue telling her there was not time to go through the panel's formal process of several weeks before Perdue leaves office in early January.
Republican Senate leader Phil Berger says Perdue should not disregard the panel process she created.