AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several of Gov. John Baldacci’s judicial nominees have breezed across a major hurdle toward final confirmation.

The Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the appointments of District Judges Ann Murray of Bangor, MaryGay Kennedy of Brunswick and Robert Murray Jr. of Bangor to the Superior Court bench.

Also receiving unanimous votes of approval were Peter Goranites of Cumberland, Charles LaVerdiere of Wilton, Robert Mullen of Waterville and Bernard O’Mara of Easton for reappointments as a District Court judges.

Other legislative committees reviewed nominees for several other state boards and commissions in advance of Senate confirmation votes next week. Positive committee votes virtually assure final Senate approval.

Additional hearings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.


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