Judge dismisses suit about Jepsen’s qualifications

A postscript to Tuesday’s election of George Jepsen as attorney general: A judge Wednesday dismissed his opponent’s 11th-hour lawsuit claiming he did not have the experience required by law to hold the job.

Superior Court Judge Julia Aurigemma said that Martha Dean, Jepsen’s Republican opponent, had no legal basis to seek Jepsen’s removal from the ballot, claiming he lacked the statutory requirement of 10 years of active practice as a lawyer in Connecticut.

“I am delighted the judge agreed with our position on virtually all aspects of the lawsuit,” Jepsen said. “I feel vindicated.”

“We are meeting with our legal team and assessing all our options,” Dean said.

Even if Dean succeeded in proving that Jepsen is ineligible to take office, she would not benefit now that she has lost the race. An attorney general would be appointed by the next governor.