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Virginia’s most prestigious law firms are trying to find a way around the state assembly’s controversial decision to block an openly gay prosecutor from becoming a judge.The leaders of Richmond, Va.’s five biggest law firms asked the city’s Circuit Judges to tap Tracy Thorne-Begland for a judgeship even though the assembly rejected him, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
While the state’s lawmakers usually confirm judges, the Circuit Judges are empowered to fill vacant positions when the legislature is not in session, the Washington Post reported.
“He’s a bright guy, he’s fair-minded; people that deal with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office think he’s a real leader there,” ex-Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen told the Post.
The assembly voted not to appoint Thorne-Begland in May after the conservative Family Foundation fought his appointment, the New York Times reported at the time.
Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, reportedly feared he would pursue an “activist” agenda from the bench.
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