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Governor Charlie Baker introduced three Superior Court justices yesterday to fill three impending vacancies on Massachusetts’ highest court.  The judges, Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy will replace Associate Justices Fernanda Duffly, Francis Spina, and Robert Cordy who are all retiring this summer.  The justices’ nominations require the review and approval of the Governor’s Council.

The Honorable Kimberly Budd was nominated to the Superior Court by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009, presiding at courthouses in Greater Boston.  She was an attorney for Harvard University and a former prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Judge Kimberly Budd

Superior Court Justice Budd

The Honorable Frank Gaziano was appointed to the Superior Court in 2004 by Governor Mitt Romney, following posts as a former prosecutor in the in Plymouth County district attorney’s office, and the US attorney’s office.

Judge Frank Gaziano

The Hon. Frank M. Gaziano

Judge David Lowy was elevated to the Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Paul Cellucci, following service on the district court bench. Lowy was appointed by Governor William Weld in 1997 and had worked in the Weld administration.

Judge David Lowy

Superior Court Justice Lowy

The nominees were recommended by the Supreme Judicial Court Nominations Commission, assembled by Governor Baker last winter. The commission was comprised entirely of attorneys for an ‘unprecedented’ number of SJC vacancies.  There will be two vacancies in 2017 with Justices Margot Botsford and Geraldine Hines’ attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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