Glendening names 2 women, reappoints judge to Circuit Court

January 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed two women and reappointed a 17-year veteran judge to the Baltimore Circuit Court bench yesterday.

Appointed to the Circuit Court were Shirley M. Watts, chief administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals, and Lynne Kellene Stewart, an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore City since 1990. Since 1997, Stewart has handled homicide cases as part of a specialized unit of prosecutors.

Watts and Stewart, chosen from a pool of six applicants, will be sworn in within 30 days.

Judge Clifton James Gordy Jr., who was named to the Circuit Court in 1985, was appointed by Glendening to a new term.

If the three appointees win the September primary election and the November general election, they will serve 15-year terms.

Watts and Stewart are replacing Judge Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman, who retired in November after 16 years on the bench, and Judge David B. Mitchell, who retired in October after serving 17 years.

The appointments leave one judgeship out of 30 unfilled in the city Circuit Court.

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