yvette_mcgee_brown_web.jpgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has picked the woman who ran at his side in a failed bid for re-election as the next justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

A source with knowledge of the decision said Friday the Democratic governor had selected Yvette McGee Brown for a vacancy created by the election of Justice Maureen O'Connor as chief justice in the November election. McGee Brown would be the first black woman to serve on the state's highest court.

The source requested anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.

Before joining Strickland's campaign as his choice for lieutenant governor, Brown had served as leader of a Columbus nonprofit and as a juvenile court judge.