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Washington Co. judge among high court nominees

October 27, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley

HAGERSTOWN — Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley is among nine judges who have been nominated to fill on open seat on Maryland’s second highest court.

Beachley, 54, was among 20 people who applied to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the 13-judge Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis.

The commission held interviews with the applicants this week.

Beachley was not in town Thursday and could not be reached for comment, his secretary said.

Those found qualified and nominated will now have their names forwarded to Gov. Martin O’Malley for consideration.

There were initially 20 names on the list, which was pared down to nine, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

It is the second time Beachley has applied for a seat on the bench, he said in September. The nominating commission found he was qualified and nominated him in 2007, but he was not selected by O’Malley, he said.

The vacancy is for an at-large seat on the bench, Beachley said previously. There are six at-large judges on the court and one judge for each of the state’s seven appellate judicial districts, according to the Maryland Judiciary website.

Beachley said in September he enjoys legal research and writing, which describes much of the duties of an appellate judge. He served as an intern to an appellate judge while in law school, he said.

Beachley, a 1980 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, was appointed to the Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, in 1997 by former Gov. Parris Glendening.

Prior to that he served as a U.S. magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland from 1994 to 1997.

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