With precious few hours left in the 2015 legislative session, Democrats are poised to allow Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s four nominations to Superior Court bench languish on the calendar, putting their appointments in jeopardy as the session comes to a close.
Malloy announced the first nominations of his second term in May.
The governor nominated four lawyers, including Alice Bruno of New Britain, John Farley of West Hartford, Gerald Harmon of Southington, and Edward Krumeich II of Greenwich, to fill some of the 14 vacancies on the Superior Court bench.
Sources say the nominations came to the General Assembly late in the session and Republican lawmakers promised to discuss the nominations at length because one of the lawyers they wanted to see elevated to the bench was not nominated. Sources said there just wasn’t enough time left to have the debate.
Malloy, however, has the authority to elevate his nominees via interim appointment before the General Assembly reconvenes next February.
All four lawyers received the unanimous approval of the Judiciary Committee on May 22.
Malloy has nominated 47 judges to the Superior Court since taking office in 2011.