O'Malley appoints Senate President Miller's son to judgeship
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Thursday named Thomas V. Miller III, the son of the Maryland Senate president, to a judgeship on the Anne Arundel County District Court.
Miller, a member of the Maryland Parole Commission for the past 13 years and son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), was among seven candidates who had been recommended to O'Malley by an Anne Arundel nominating commission.
Controversy erupted in 2008 when he was nominated for another trial bench vacancy. Miller was initially passed over by the county's judicial commission, but he was later nominated when O'Malley asked for more candidates. That prompted three commission members to resign in protest.
O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said Thursday's appointment -- one of nine judgeships announced by O'Malley -- was made on its merits.
"Certainly, as a member of the Parole Commission, he has an experience in criminal justice, and that was attractive to the governor," Adamec said. "The governor makes these appointments on the merits, and all these appointees are well-qualified, including this one."
Before becoming a parole commissioner, the younger Miller was a lawyer in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Senate President Miller said last year that he believed media attention surrounding his son's nomination had hurt his chances of getting the appointment.
Other nominees considered for the District Court judgeship by O'Malley were: John Kenneth Gardner, John Francis Gunning, Ronald Howard Jarashow, Anne Colt Leitess, Michael Spero Pappafotis and Kathleen Elizabeth Rogers.
Jarashow was appointed Thursday to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
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