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Expectations high for a ground-breaking court nominee

Not so long ago, the man now poised to become the first black chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court was grabbed by a white clerk in a Litchfield County hardware store on a suspicion he was a shoplifter. It was a misunderstanding, one that left Richard A. Robinson livid and humiliated. It was fodder Monday at Robinson’s confirmation hearing, which focused at times less on Robinson than the role of race in America and in the courts of Connecticut.

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A more diverse judiciary, including a leader’s brother-in-law

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has embraced a more inclusive approach to judicial nominations, he has not turned away the well-connected: His latest nominees include two former Democratic lawmakers, Eric D. Coleman and James F. Spallone, and the 35-year-old brother-in-law of House Majority Leader Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and the 39-year-old daughter of John F. Droney Jr., the former Democratic state chairman.