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Gov. Hogan names appointments to Baltimore's District Court

Gov. Larry Hogan's office on Thursday announced three judicial appointments to the District Court in Baltimore.

Hogan named Katie O'Hara, Michael Studdard, and Nicole Taylor after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commission for Baltimore, according to a statement from the governor's office.

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The appointments "each possess an extensive legal background and have exhibited integrity and a commitment to justice throughout their careers," Hogan said in a statement.

O'Hara previously worked as a city prosecutor and is now working as a hearing officer for the Baltimore City Environmental Control Board. Studdard is currently a city prosecutor, and has worked for the city state's attorney's office for more than two decades.

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Taylor is a partner at the Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor, LLC., and previously worked as an assistant public defender, serving as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, and worked for Nicole R. Egerton, LLC, Franklin and Prokopik, P.C., and Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP.

O'Hara, Studdard, and Taylor were among 15 nominees considered by the Nominating Commission, which interviewed and voted on candidates, and submitted the names to the governor, according to the Maryland Judiciary.

The new appointments will fill vacancies left by Jamey H. Hueston, Miriam B. Hutchins and Nathan Braverman.

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