Three apply for vacant Circuit Court seat

January 30, 1997


Staff Writer

Three attorneys have added their names to the list being considered by Gov. Parris Glendening for the vacant Washington County Circuit Court judgeship.

The new applicants are:

  • Julie Hunt Blair, an attorney who practices in Washington and Frederick counties.
  • William P. Nairn, an attorney with the Hagerstown firm of Urner, Nairn and Boyer.
  • Thomas A. Wade, an attorney with a practice in Hagerstown.

The three attorneys responded to a notice that ran in The Daily Record on Jan. 14 seeking more applicants for the seat previously held by Daniel Moylan who retired last September.

Still in the running are previous applicants Ken Long and Kennedy Boone.

The move to readvertise the position was prompted by the withdrawal of Hagerstown attorney Gregory Bannon, who in December wrote a letter accusing Glendening of making judicial appointments based on political considerations.


Bannon estimated that his first interview with Glendening lasted less than 15 minutes and that he wasn't reinterviewed when he applied for a different judicial vacancy.

Glendening spokesman Tori Leonard said in December that it is standard practice for the governor, who keeps his notes from interviews, not to reinterview candidates if they are being considered for an appointment similar to the one for which they interviewed earlier.

Long said he, too, thought it was appropriate to reinterview because it's a different position. But he said he didn't plan to pull out of the running.

The names of any new applicants will go to the Judicial Nominating Commission in Washington County for consideration.

The 13-member commission will meet in February and will forward to the governor the names of any new applicant who receives a majority of the votes cast by members of the commission.

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