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List of judicial nominees narrowed

December 03, 2005|By PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Maryland Judicial Nominating Committee has narrowed the list of prospective Washington County Circuit Court judges to three, eliminating three women from the list who sought the court's newly created fifth seat.

District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., Circuit Court Domestic Relations Master Daniel Patrick Dwyer and Scott Lee Schubel, a private attorney, will go through a second round of selection before Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich picks one to become the county's fifth Circuit judge, a position created during the 2005 Maryland legislative session in response to county growth.

"I do not have a specific timeline of when a decision will be made," Henry Fawell, Ehrlich's spokesman, said Friday. "The governor is meeting with his chief counsel and office of legal staff and looks forward to making an announcement at an appropriate time."

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Assistant State's Attorney Gina M. Cirincion, private attorney Dana Lynne Moylan and private attorney Margaret Lynn Williams also had applied in October for the post.

The committee made its decision on the three candidates Thursday, according to the Maryland Judiciary Web site.

Long was the county's state's attorney from 1982 to 2004. He was appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich in June 2004 to a District Court bench, which was vacated with the retirement of District Judge Noel Spence.

"I'm certainly honored and humbled by the commission's faith in me," Long said Friday. "The other men are certainly qualified candidates, so it will be interesting to see the decision the committee makes."

Long, who lives in Hagerstown, said he feels for those who didn't make the list "because I've been there before."

Dwyer, 50, had applied for the District Court judgeship opening in February 2004.

"I'm just happy and honored ... It's a hard process to go through," he said.

Dwyer is a former private attorney and a former prosecutor who has served as the Circuit Court Domestic Relations Master since 1996.

Schubel is a private attorney in general practice who has been working in Hagerstown for 21 years. His litigation includes workers' compensation and commercial real estate matters, he said.

Schubel said he applied for a federal magistrate position about eight years ago, but was not selected out of the pool of about 23 applicants.

"Both of the other applicants would be fine judges," Schubel said. "I'm just very grateful to the commission that I was selected."

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