Plea bargains are made between the prosecutors and the defense attorneys subject to the approval of a Judge . This leaves the civil cases. The current Circuit Court Judges, before going on the bench, had primarily the following background: Judge Eaves (District Court Associate Judge, Maryland Attorney General's Office, Legal Aid, Prosecutor); Judge Curtin (Former Administrative Law Judge; Former Prosecutor); Judge Bowen (Former Prosecutor); Judge Mahoney (Private practice- civil); Judge Ishak (Private practice- civil); Judge Kreis (Maryland Attorney General's Office and private practice - civil). Governor Hogan personally interviewed the last three Judges as well as Diane Adkins Tobin. He also had other attorneys to choose from. He selected Paul Ishak and Lawrence Kreis. At that time he may have based his decision, in part, on trying to give the bench more balance in naming two attorneys with more civil law experience. I believe Paul Ishak and Lawrence Kreis were the right choice and should be elected.