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Judicial candidate interviews delayed

January 06, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The process of filling a vacant circuit judge position in Washington County has been delayed.

Interviews with the four finalists were supposed to be held in late December. However, they were rescheduled for later this month, according to Christine Hansen, a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The seat has been open since September, when longtime Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III turned 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges in Maryland.

In November, the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County announced the four candidates it recommended to replace Wright: Mary Anne Day, Daniel Patrick Dwyer, Edward Lester Kuczynski and Dana Moylan Wright.

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Judicial nominating commissions must send the governor at least three names for him to consider whenever there is a vacancy, Hansen has said.

O'Malley will make the final choice.

Washington County has five circuit judge positions.

Wright served 37 years as a judge in Washington County and is continuing to hear cases as a retired judge while his former seat is vacant.

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