HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated two judges to the Appellate Court and 16 attorneys to the Superior Court on Friday in what could be his last round of judicial nominations.
“Do I anticipate this is near the end, or the end, for the current legislative session? The answer is yes,” Malloy said Friday at a press conference outside his Capitol office.
Malloy has not said whether he will seek re-election and it’s rare for judicial nominations to be made when the legislature is not in session, even though it does happen.
When Malloy took office he sought to make the diversity of the bench a top priority. Former Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell was criticized toward the end of her tenure by lawmakers for the lack of racial diversity on the bench. In 2010, lawmakers held up the appointment of nine white judges in protest of her nominations. The administration and lawmakers eventually struck a deal and the nominees eventually received legislative approval.
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