For first time in 20 years, black woman appointed to the bench in Hillsborough

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Friday, September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

After 10 years as a prosecutor, Judge Jessica Costello made history Thursday as the one of the youngest in the state and the first African-American female judge to be appointed by the governor in Hillsborough County in about 20 years.

She attended her investiture ceremony Thursday afternoon at the George Edgecomb courthouse where she was sworn in to serve the 13th Judicial Circuit in front of her with her family, friends and former classmates.

“When I think about being the first African American woman appointed in almost 20 years, appointed here in Hillsborough County, one of the things I think about is the legacy that I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Costello.

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