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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday the appointment of former Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr., who was defeated in his re-election bid in 2010, to a District Court judgeship in Queen Anne's County. Kratovil, a Democrat, served a single term in Congress after scratching out a narrow victory over then-state Sen. Andrew P. Harris in 2008. Kratovil, 43, whose voting record in Congress was well to the right of the typical Democrat, was nevertheless defeated by Harris in a 2010 rematch as the district swung back to its Republican leanings.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
The top deputy in the Baltimore prosecutor's office is in line to become a Maryland federal judge after President Obama formally nominated for the job Wednesday. The nominee, George J. Hazel, 38, was hired to join Gregg L. Bernstein's team shortly after his election as State's Attorney in 2010. Hazel oversees felony cases including those handled by the office's major investigations, homicide and special victims units. Hazel was a U.S. prosecutor in Washington and Baltimore before joining the city office in 2011.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 27, 2009
A commission is expected to decide Thursday which of the 16 lawyers seeking an Anne Arundel County judgeship should be considered by the governor for appointment to the job. The panel plans an interview marathon that day, questioning all of the applicants and completing reviews of recommendations and views of lawyer organizations, said Thomas J. Fleckenstein, chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the county. The list the commission will issue is critical, because Gov. Martin O'Malley must select someone from the list, which will include at least three names.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
State officials have announced the addition of the first new judgeships since 1977 for the Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest court. Lawyers and judges can begin to apply for the two newly created seats. Appointments by Gov. Martin O'Malley will bring the number of special appeals judges to 15. Applications are due in by Aug. 7 and the panel that advises O'Malley will begin screening candidates after that. In the past 35 years, the court's workload has grown by nearly 40 percent and individual judges' caseloads by nearly 42 percent, according to the Department of Legislative Services.
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Aegis Staff Report | September 13, 2011
The names of three assistant state's attorneys for Harford County are among four lawyers and a district court judge who have been recommended to Gov. Martin O'Malley for appointment to the vacancy on the Harford County Circuit. But the county's chief prosecutor, Joseph Cassilly, who also applied for the judgeship, did not make the final cut when the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 4-Harford County sent its five nominees to O'Malley Thursday. There are five circuit court judgeships in Harford County.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | December 13, 2009
Six lawyers, two of them career criminal prosecutors and one a former judge who lost a previous election, will be considered to replace a judge who retired last summer from the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench. Sixteen people applied, and the Judicial Nominating Commission for the county winnowed the applicants down last week. Gov. Martin O'Malley must appoint someone from the panel's list, though he can also reopen the process to generate a new list. Whoever is appointed will have a short time on the job before needing to win election next year to keep it, provided the appointment is made before the filing deadline in July for November's election.
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February 12, 1993
"Poor John Arnick. He's resigned his seat in the House of Delegates. He's given up his law practice. He's been one of us for all these years. How can we not confirm him for a judgeship?"To hear legislators deal with this misguided nomination, you'd think that what is, in effect, a lifetime seat on the District Court was any well-connected, veteran legislator's right.Never mind the fact that many people who have observed Mr. Arnick at work seriously doubt that he has the temperament necessary to do the job. And never mind the disturbing fact that more witnesses are coming forward with stories of verbal abuse and harassment of women.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Two prosecutors from the state's attorney's office and two attorneys with private practices in Bel Air have been recommended to the governor for a Harford County Circuit Court judgeship.The recommendations were made by the Harford Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, which interviewed 23 applicants last week for the new fifth Circuit Court judgeship.The nominees sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening are:* Diana Andrea Brooks, an assistant state's attorney from Thomas Run, north of Churchville.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1998
Eight people have applied for a new Howard County District Court judgeship.An appointment will give the county five judges to handle a caseload that has skyrocketed in the past few years.Six of the eight applicants applied for the position yesterday, the deadline set by a 17-member judicial nominating commission, which will submit four to seven names to the governor for appointment. The names of the applicants will be released today.Some black leaders say there needs to be another minority on the local judiciary.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | May 15, 1995
A Howard County councilman and two black groups want Gov. Parris N. Glendening to reject a list of candidates for a Circuit Court judgeship, saying the six white finalists don't reflect the county's racial diversity.Councilman C. Vernon Gray, along with the African American Coalition and the county chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said at least one of three black attorneys who applied for the new judgeship should have been among the finalists.Governor Glendening's spokeswoman, Dianna Rosborough, said Friday that the governor hasn't decided whether he will pick the county's new judge from the list of finalists or start the selection process over again.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Four judges and one lawyer have applied for the Court of Appeals seat that will become vacant July 6 when Chief Judge Robert M. Bell reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. The applicants for the judgeship on the state's highest court are Judges Stuart Ross Berger, Albert Joseph Matricciani Jr. and Shirley Marie Watts, all sitting on the Court of Special Appeals; Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge W. Michel Pierson; and Baltimore attorney Mary...
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Longtime U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm was promoted to a U.S. District Court judgeship in Maryland by a nearly unanimous confirmation vote in the Senate on Monday despite a backlog of nominations that has left dozens of vacancies on the federal bench. Grimm, a Towson resident who has served as a magistrate judge for the District of Maryland since 1997, fills the opening left by Judge Benson E. Legg, who assumed senior status this year. Grimm's nomination by President Barack Obama in February was uncontroversial — members of both parties supported him — but the gridlocked Senate has been slow to confirm judges.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday the appointment of former Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr., who was defeated in his re-election bid in 2010, to a District Court judgeship in Queen Anne's County. Kratovil, a Democrat, served a single term in Congress after scratching out a narrow victory over then-state Sen. Andrew P. Harris in 2008. Kratovil, 43, whose voting record in Congress was well to the right of the typical Democrat, was nevertheless defeated by Harris in a 2010 rematch as the district swung back to its Republican leanings.
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Aegis Staff Report | September 13, 2011
The names of three assistant state's attorneys for Harford County are among four lawyers and a district court judge who have been recommended to Gov. Martin O'Malley for appointment to the vacancy on the Harford County Circuit. But the county's chief prosecutor, Joseph Cassilly, who also applied for the judgeship, did not make the final cut when the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 4-Harford County sent its five nominees to O'Malley Thursday. There are five circuit court judgeships in Harford County.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2010
Republican challenger Alison L. Asti captured a seat on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court last week, booting out one of two recent gubernatorial appointees. Asti will take the place of Ronald H. Jarashow. She joins Democrat Laura S. Kiessling, who ran as a team with Jarashow, in winning a 15-year term as a judge. "My message was about the importance of an independent judiciary," Asti said. She said she tried to keep her message positive and focused on presenting herself to voters.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2010
Maryland's fast-growing Hispanic population is about to have its first male representative in judicial robes, as Governor Martin O'Malley has chosen of defense lawyer Ricardo D. Zwaig for a Howard County District Court judgeship. There are two female Hispanic judges and O'Malley named Audrey Creighton, a third, for a Montgomery County District Court judgeship along with Zwaig. "I feel proud I've been selected," said Zwaig, 57, the father of three. "It speaks very clearly to the community," he said about his selection.
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January 1, 2000
WHAT'S the best way to gain a top state judgeship in Maryland? Become a fervent booster of Gov. Parris N. Glendening. That's what happened when the governor anointed his hand-picked chairman of the state Democratic Party, Peter Krauser, as the newest member of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. It's an unprecedented move in this state -- the head of a state political party being given a choice judgeship as a "thank you." So much for the notion that the judiciary is insulated from partisanship.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
Ellen Lipton Hollander, a veteran Maryland state court judge, and James K. Bredar, a federal magistrate judge, have been nominated by President Barack Obama for U.S. District Court judgeships, the White House announced Wednesday. Hollander, 60, has been a member of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals since 1994. Before that, she served five years as a Baltimore Circuit Court judge. She would fill the seat that opened up last year when U.S. Judge Andre Davis, a Democratic nominee, moved to the federal appeals court.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | March 9, 2010
A key Senate panel voted Monday evening to approve the appointment of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's son as an Anne Arundel County District Court judge, a nomination that was first put forward two years ago and prompted three members of the county's judicial nominating commission to resign in protest. The panel's decision means a vote on Thomas V. Miller III's nomination to the bench likely will go to the Senate floor this week. Miller, who was nominated by Gov. Martin O'Malley, said he did not rely on his father's influence.
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