The Roanoke paper had this story on the life and times of the late Circuit Court Judge Jack Coulter.
The article says in part:
"Coulter was twice nominated for seats on the Virginia Supreme Court, the second coming down to the flip of a coin. In 1987, Roanoke-area legislators flipped a coin to break a deadlock over whether to back Coulter or Chief Appeals Court Judge Lawrence Koontz for the state Supreme Court.
That seat eventually went to the Winchester Circuit Court Judge Henry Whiting. Koontz succeeded Whiting in 1995."