Sunday, December 10, 2006

Big Surprises In Rell’s Short List For Chief Justice

Connecticut Law Tribune
December 2006

In addition to the current members of the state Supreme Court, only five judges are set to be pre-qualified by the state Judicial Selection Commission to take the reins of the Judicial Branch as chief justice, The Law Tribune has learned.

Two Superior Court judges and three Appellate Court judges have filled out the necessary chief justice application forms, three sources intimately familiar with the vetting process confirmed today. All five have been or are expected to be found qualified for the chief justice post, those sources said.

Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Richard E. Arnold, a Republican from Orange, won the commission’s approval last summer, followed by Judge Dennis G. Eveleigh, a Hamden Democrat. New Canaan’s Chase T. Rogers, a registered independent, who was appointed to the Appellate Court in February, also has received the commission’s stamp of approval, the sources said.

The biggest surprise is former Appellate Court Judge Anne C. Dranginis, who stepped down from the bench earlier this year to become a partner at Hartford’s Rome McGuigan. Sources said Dranginis and Appellate Court Judge C. Ian McLachlan, of Chester, are expected to have their final interview before the Judicial Selection Commission on Dec. 13. The commission typically grants a letter of approval for successful candidates within a day or two.

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    The Stark Raving Viking said...

    I attended a judiciary committee meeting at the Hartford Capitol, March 21, 2006.

    I spoke out about Judge Howard Scheinblum of the Enfield Superior Court telling minorities to shut up and take deals, with no lawyer present, or that they would really suffer. That is just plain wrong. Scheinblum got promoted.

    Rell nominated judges with no experience at all and our elected officials approved nominees with no criminal or family court experience.

    Judicial Immunity needs to be abolished. If a doctor cuts the wrong leg off, he can be sued civily and can be gone after criminally.

    Too many judges do worse than cut off the wrong leg, everyday.

    -Steven G. Erickson a.k.a. Blogger Vikingas