Coleman, who just celebrated his 40th birthday, is one of the youngest justices to join the Supreme Court since then- Itawamba legislator Michael P. Mills was appointed at age 39 by Gov. Kirk Fordice.
Mills is now chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi.
Wilkie, a proponent of appointing judges rather than electing them, said it remains to be seen how or if Coleman’s decisions on the court are affected by the desires of his financial supporters.
“Those seats have been bought for years,” he said, noting until passage of legal reform in Mississippi, the court’s makeup was dominated by so-called trial lawyers.