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.
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.
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.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy introduced Appellate Judge Richard A. Robinson Tuesday as his choice for a vacancy on the Connecticut Supreme Court, saying the nomination is the first of about a dozen judicial appointments he expects to make before the General Assembly convenes its 2014 session in February.