O'Malley Rejects Miller's Son For Judgeship
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has declined to appoint the son of Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) to a District Court judgeship in Anne Arundel County.
The governor's office announced today that he has filled three vacancies on the bench with Henry Richard Duden III, a senior litigator at the Annapolis law firm of Hyatt and Weber, P.A.; Eileen Reilly, a prosecutor in the state's attorney's office; and Shaem Spencer, the city attorney in Annapolis.
The nomination this spring of Thomas V. Miller III to a seat on the District Court bench was controversial, prompting three members of the county judicial commission that put his name forward to resign in protest. They said Miller was not qualified to be a judge and claimed political interference in the process.
The Senate president, his son and the governor's office denied any political interference. O'Malley spokeswoman Christine N. Hansen said today that the governor had to choose from "far more highly qualified candidates" than there were vacancies.
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