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New judge hasn't been selected

February 02, 2009

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has interviewed the four candidates to fill a five-month-old Washington County circuit judge vacancy, but hasn't picked a replacement, a spokeswoman said.

O'Malley spokeswoman Christine Hansen wrote in an e-mail Monday that the governor held the interviews on Jan. 15.

"The governor is still reviewing and considering all applicants," Hansen wrote.

The seat -- one of five circuit judge positions in Washington County -- has been open since September 2008. That's when Judge Frederick C. Wright III turned 70, the state's mandatory retirement age.

In November, a nominating commission forwarded a list of four candidates to the governor for consideration: Mary Anne Day, Daniel Patrick Dwyer, Edward Lester Kuczynski and Dana Moylan Wright.

The Maryland Judiciary's Web site lists four other applicants for the position who were not finalists: Jerome Joseph Joyce, Michael Ellsworth Nehring, Scott Lee Schubel and Margaret Lynn Williams.

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Wright has been continuing to hear cases in Washington County as a retired judge.

-- Andrew Schotz

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