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Garrett closer to getting a judge

The Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission in Western Maryland has forwarded to the governor the names of all four applicants for the long-vacant Garrett County District Court seat, a Maryland judiciary spokesman said today.

That means the commission thought the applicants — Leonard J. Eiswert, Linda Sue Sherbin, Raymond G. Strubin and Daryl T. Walters — were all qualified for the judgeship. Strubin’s and Walters’ names had already been sent to the governor in an earlier round of applications and vetting.

The ball in now in Gov. O’Malley’s hands. His chief legal counsel said in July that O’Malley would move quickly to pick a judge. The Garrett seat has been empty since Judge Ralph Burnett died 16 months ago.

Also, I should correct the record. Last week, I blogged that Aug. 29 was the deadline for new applications for the seat. The deadline was actually July 29.

CARYN TAMBER, Legal Affairs Writer