Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed 23 people to fill judicial posts Monday, promoting a number of sitting judges and placing some prominent lawyers on the bench.
Among the governor's five appointees to District Court in Baltimore are James Green, the head of government relations for Baltimore police, and David Brian Aldouby, a veteran public defender. He promoted three District Court judges to the city's Circuit Court, and also appointed two other lawyers to fill empty spots.
The governor also named Julie Glass, a senior prosecutor in the city state's attorney's office, as one of three appointees to the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
And O'Malley appointed Baltimore Circuit Judge Michael W. Reed to sit on the Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest judicial body. Two lawyers in private practice were also appointed to the court.
"The appointment of judges is one of the most important responsibilities of any chief executive," O'Malley said in a statement, describing his appointees as "highly qualified, diverse candidates."
While the governor has the power to appoint judges, they have to run periodically for election, with the exception of District Court judges. O'Malley's announcement came on the same day as a former city prosecutor said she will challenge the sitting judges on the Baltimore Circuit Court up for election this year, taking aim in particular at Judge Alfred Nance.
Page Croyder 58, said she wanted to run as a judge to challenge the city's legal establishment — which she said typically lines up behind the incumbents — and to oust Nance, whom she criticized for "the disrespectful and degrading way he treats people."
Nance did not respond to a message left with his chambers.
Voters can cast one vote for each of the six open seats and the top six ranked candidates will be elected. The sitting judges campaign together on a single slate.
"I have to beat the sixth best vote-getter," Croyder said, "but my experience says it will be very hard."
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