judicial nominations

Recent Posts

Legislators use calendar to kill a judge’s career

The House of Representatives stripped Superior Court Judge Jane B. Emons of her job Friday. There was no debate, no vote, no fingerprints. Her eight-year term expired at midnight, when Emons became the first judge in recent history — perhaps ever — forced from the bench in Connecticut by legislative inaction. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , ,

House unanimously confirms Robinson as chief justice

The House of Representatives acted quickly and unanimously Monday to confirm Richard A. Robinson as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, but Republicans pledged to oppose every new trial judge recently nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as unnecessary and unaffordable. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , ,

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. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,

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.  Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,

Malloy nominates Richard A. Robinson as chief justice

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday nominated Associate Justice Richard A. Robinson of Stamford to become chief justice of the Supreme Court, tapping a nominee first appointed as a lower-court  judge by a Republican. If confirmed by the legislature, Robinson would be the first African-American leader of the state’s highest court. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

Malloy names Ingrid Moll to Appellate Court, 11 to trial bench

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Judge Ingrid L. Moll as a judge of the Appellate Court and 11 lawyers as judges of the Superior Court on Tuesday, leaving for another day his choice to be chief justice of Connecticut’s highest court, the Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,

Senate GOP blocks confirmation of McDonald as chief justice

Senate Republicans voted as a bloc Tuesday to deny the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of Connecticut Supreme Court, stopping the ascent of a political and legal trailblazer for the gay community, a factor that opponents insisted was irrelevant and supporters said could not be ignored. Sen. Joan Hartley of Waterbury was the lone Democrat to vote against McDonald’s confirmation, which failed 19 to 16. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , ,

GOP tells Malloy it will block confirmation of McDonald

Senate Republican leader Len Fasano informed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday that all 18 GOP senators intend to vote Tuesday against the confirmation of his friend and former legal adviser, Andrew J. McDonald, as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. With the recusal of one Democratic senator in the evenly divided Senate, the GOP has a majority of 18-17 on the question of whether McDonald would be confirmed as the first openly gay chief justice of the highest court in any state. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , ,

House sends McDonald nomination to an unwelcoming Senate

By a single vote on Monday, the House of Representatives endorsed the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. His nomination goes to the Senate, where Republicans seem poised to block the promotion of the state’s first openly gay justice over issues the GOP says have nothing to do with sexual orientation. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

TV ads next in escalating battle over McDonald nomination

The sharply partisan fight over the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court has morphed into an unprecedented, full-throated political campaign likely to escalate Thursday with the broadcast of television ads urging Senate Republicans to drop their opposition. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

Malloy names Mullins, Kahn to Supreme Court

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made Wednesday what are likely to be his last nominations to a Supreme Court already dominated by his appointees, nominating Judges Raheem L. Mullins and Maria Araujo Kahn of the Appellate Court to the state’s highest court. William H. Bright Jr. was nominated to the Appellate Court. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , ,