Christina Stueve Hodges Dec. 5, 2012, 3:59pm

Associate Judge Zina Cruse was sworn in Monday as a circuit judge in St. Clair County.

Cruse was elected Nov. 6 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Milton Wharton.

She defeated Associate Judge Laninya Cason by a margin of 55-45 percent.

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