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Eight apply for Court of Appeals vacancy

Eight apply for Court of Appeals vacancy

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Eight people have applied for a seat on the Court of Appeals that will be left vacant when Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. retires later this year. The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will interview all of the candidates and meet Nov. 1 to decide which applicants will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will choose Murphy’s successor.

Murphy sits on the state’s highest court from the 2nd Appellate Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties.

The applicants are:

– Andrew Howard Baida
– Honorable Kathleen Gallogly Cox
– Daniel Alan Friedman
– Honorable Paul William Grimm
– Jeffrey Donald Herschman
– Robert Neal McDonald
– Douglas Richard Miller Nazarian
– Honorable Alexander Wright, Jr.

Murphy, 67, announced in January he would step down in August. But as it became clear a successor would not be appointed for the start of the Court of Appeals new term Aug. 31, Murphy decided to stay on the bench until Sept. 30 and be available for special assignment as a retired judge through the end of October.

Murphy will then join Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White LLC in Baltimore, where his daughter, Erin, is an associate.

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