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30 seek Baltimore County District Court vacancy

Yup, you read correctly. 30 people are seeking to fill the seat of Judge Edward P. Murphy, who retired Feb. 28. Applications were due yesterday afternoon to the Administrative Office of the  Courts.

By contrast, 22 people applied for a Circuit Court vacancy in 2008.

The District Court vacancy appears to be the first since November 2005, when Judge Philip Tirabassi was appointed to the bench.

Among the applicants are several senior prosecutors and public defenders, as well as an Orphans’ Court judge. The Judicial Nominating Commission for Baltimore County will meet in May and submit a list of nominees to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will pick one.

A District Court judge’s annual salary is $127,252.