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Recent divorce may not save judgeship candidacy

One nominee for a Virginia trial court judgeship may have some troubles in the state Senate.

The list of candidates up for interviews today at the General Assembly includes one name that appears only for the House of Delegates courts committee, not for the Senate panel.

Norfolk deputy city attorney Joan E. Mahoney is up for a seat on the Norfolk General District Court, but apparently without Senate support.

The problem may be her just-ended marriage to Norfolk lawyer Reeves W. Mahoney, a leader at a law firm that does collections work for local courts in the Hampton Roads area.

Joan and Reeves Mahoney finalized their divorce only late last week, according to The Virginian-Pilot, which obtained a copy of the final decree from Reeves Mahoney.

The paper reports the resolution of the pending divorce did not appear on the docket and the file at the courthouse was sealed.

The decree recites that Joan Mahoney waived all rights and interest in the law firm Poole Mahoney PC.

Del. David Albo told the paper the connection between a judge and a lawyer with the court’s collections firm could be perceived as a conflict of interest, although he said, in his view, the divorce removed the conflict.

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