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Governor O’Malley Appoints New Judges in Three Counties

Published on Jan 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm in General Blogs.

Governor O’Malley hasappointednine trial court judges to servein Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Montgomery County.

In Anne Arundel County, Governor O’Malleyappointed Laura S. Kiessling and Ronald H. Jarashow to serve on the Circuit Court, and Thomas V. Miller, III to serve on the District Court. Ms. Kiesssling will assume the vacancy created bythe retirement of the Honorable Michael E. Loney. Mr. Jarashow will fill a new judgeshipcreated by the General Assembly.Mr. Miller will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert C. Wilcox.

In Baltimore City, Governor O’Malleyappointed Kendra Y. Ausby, the Honorable Videtta A. Brown, Charles J. Peters and Stephen J. Sfekas to serve on the Circuit Court. Ms. Ausby will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable John C. Themelis. Judge Brown will fill a the newly created judgeshipby the General Assembly. Mr. Peters will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Charles G. Bernstein. Mr. Sfekas will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable John M. Glynn.

In Montgomery County, Governor O’Malley has appointed the Honorable Cheryl A. McCally and Joseph M. Quirk to serve on the Circuit Court. Judge McCally will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Ann S. Harrington, and Mr. Quirk will fill a judgeship newly created by the General Assembly.

The mandatory retirement age for judges in Maryland is 70 years. Of interest, Judge CharlesBernstein, one of the Baltimore Circuit Courtjudges whose seat has become vacant by virtue of hisforced retirement,has challenged the constitutionality of the mandatory retirement age in the United States Federal District Court for Maryland.

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