No new takers yet for judgeship March 12 is deadline to apply for city Circuit Court post.

March 04, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

No new candidates have applied for a vacant Baltimore Circuit Court judgeship even though the deadline was extended to draw additional applicants, a state court official says.

The vacancy was created last month when Judge Joseph I. Pines, 70, retired after serving 12 years on the bench.

The position pays $89,000 a year.

Only three candidates were in contention for the vacant slot when the original deadline expired Jan. 29. In an effort to increase the number of applicants, Gov. William Donald Schaefer ordered state court officials to extend the deadline to March 12 and to re-advertise the position, said Michael V. O'Malley, an assistant state court administrator.

As of yesterday, no new candidates had applied for the judgeship, according to a clerk in the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Since the deadline was extended, Mr. O'Malley said yesterday, his office had received only a few requests for applications from prospective candidates. As a result, he said, the position would be advertised again in the Daily Record and in bar association and other publications.

When the Jan. 29 deadline passed, only two candidates had applied for the post: John Martin Glynn, head of the state Office of the People's Counsel, and Albert Matricciani Jr., a partner with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston. The third candidate is Baltimore District Judge Carol E. Smith, whose name was kept in a pool after she applied for a previous vacancy.

It is possible, Mr. O'Malley said, that the Judicial Nominating Commission will begin interviewing candidates by April 7 or 8. The governor will then appoint Judge Pines' replacement.

Under state law, circuit judges are required to run for full 15-year terms in the first statewide elections following their appointment to the bench.

Page Boinest, a spokeswoman for the governor, said many potential candidates for judgeships were turned off by that requirement and the prospect of campaigning to retain their jobs. The requirement "discourages good people from applying," Ms. Boinest said.

In 1988, the governor introduced legislation to overturn the law, but it did not pass, Ms. Boinest said.

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