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Delegate demands that his sister get a judgeship, senators claim

The war of words is escalating over the General Assembly’s failure to appoint judges to fill vacancies in the Hampton courts. In this Daily Press op-ed piece apparently penned by two Democratic senators from Hampton, the writers accuse Delegate Tom Gear, R-Hampton, of holding up the appointments because of his insistence on getting his sister named as a judge.

There are three Hampton judgeships open, one each on the circuit court, district court, and J&DR court. According to the disgruntled senators, Gear is holding out for appointment of his sister, Kathy Gear Owens, to the J&DR court bench, despite opposition from within Gear’s own party.

“Until Gear stops holding the judicial system hostage and drops his insistence on his sister, the people of Hampton will suffer,” huffed the senators.

The Daily Press, for its part, calls for binding arbitration by the Hampton Bar Association.

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