Identical twin sisters both become judges

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Twin sisters in Birmingham, Alabama, are taking the bench at the same time as district court judges.

According to, Shera Grant was appointed to the position in Jefferson County, joining her sister, Shanta Owens.

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Both graduated from Alabama State University and later from Louisiana State University's law school.

Owens has held her seat since 2008. She is up for re-election in 2020.

Grant will handle small civil cases, growing her career. She was appointed by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday.

Owens is just 4 minutes older than Grant. Both are married, and each has a 6-year-old daughter. Their husbands are childhood best friends.

Owens and Grant were raised by single mom Loretta Bitten, a librarian for the Birmingham Library.

Jennifer Ardis, communications director for Bentley, said in a statement, "Ms. Grant is highly qualified, motivated and prepared to be a district judge. The governor's office found out about her twin sister during the interview process. Public service seems to be a trait that runs in her family."

Sisters in law.

Posted by on Sunday, January 17, 2016