The names of four candidates to fill a vacancy at Maryland's highest court were sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley this week.

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission recommended Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox; Chief Magistrate Judge Paul William Grimm, of the U.S. District Court in Baltimore; Robert Neal McDonald, chief counsel for opinions, advice and legislation in the Maryland Attorney General's Office; and Court of Special Appeals Judge Alexander Wright Jr.

O'Malley is expected to name one of them to fill the vacancy on the seven-judge Court of Appeals that was created by the recent retirement of Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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