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Most judicial vacancies filled

The General Assembly elected 22 judges late yesterday but failed to fill vacancies on the State Corporation Commission and in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Roanoke.

Court of Appeals Judges Robert J. Humphreys and Jean Harrison Clements won reappointments, and the other elections were for vacancies in circuit, general district and juvenile and domestic relations district court.

The failure to reappoint Humphreys promptly was viewed as the most embarrassing aspect of the legislative wrangling over judgeships. He went off the bench April 15 when his term expired even though there was no opposition to his reappointment.

A deal brokered by Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, and Sen. Don McEachin, R-Henrico, to appoint Henrico Circuit Judge Catherine Hammond to the SCC and replace her with Mary Bennett Malveaux fell apart. The Richmond Times-Dispatch describes the impasse.

The Daily Press has an analysis of the legislative discord in Hampton, and The Virginian-Pilot has a story on the Norfolk-Virginia Beach squabbling.

In Roanoke, the delegation has been unable to decide between Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald S. Caldwell and Salem City Council Member J. Christopher Clemens for the general district seat held by retiring Judge Julian Raney.

The Division of Legislative Services has a list of the appointments.

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