A state committee tasked with nominating potential replacements for a vacant Harford County Circuit Court judicial vacancy passed over State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly last week, instead nominating a district court judge, Cecil County’s Deputy State’s Attorney, and three assistant state’s attorneys who work for Cassilly.
On Thursday, a Judicial Nominating Committee narrowed the list of 11 people seeking appointment by Governor Martin O’Malley to replace retiring Harford County Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Marshall down to just five nominees.
Among those five nominees are Melba Elizabeth Bowen, Melissa Lazarich Lambert, and Diane Adkins Tobin – each of whom is a Harford County Assistant State’s Attorney working directly for Cassilly. The other two nominees are Maryland District Court Judge Victor Kuras Butanis and Deputy Cecil County State’s Attorney and chief homicide prosecutor Kerwin Anthony Miller, Sr.
Contacted Tuesday and asked for his reaction to being passed over for judicial nomination, Cassilly said, “I can say that I was disappointed, but God obviously has other plans.”
In September, prior to his uncontested re-election to an 8th term, Cassilly told The Dagger, “I am one of the lowest paid [state’s attorney’s] in Maryland with an insane job nobody else in their right mind wants.”
Cassilly has also said he did not intend to seek a 9th term as Harford County’s State’s Attorney.
The other five candidates who were under consideration for nomination and appointment included:
– Hiram Edward Andrews, III, Bel Air general criminal practice, personal injury, family law attorney
– Margaret Ada Attanasio, Bel Air family law attorney, former Harford County People’s Counsel
– Michael Hugh Andrew Daney, Harford County Associate Zoning Hearing Examiner
– Harold Scott Lewis, Bel Air attorney
– Damon Arthur Pace, Bel Air criminal and traffic attorney
The Nominating Commission met to interview each candidate and voted on which names would be forwarded to the O’Malley as nominees. The governor will choose which of the five nominees will become Harford County’s next Circuit Court judge.