Gov. Patrick's pick for Southern Berkshire District Court judgeship rejected again

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PITTSFIELD -- Local attorney Michael J. McCarthy's nomination to a judicial post in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington was shot down Wednesday in a 5-3 vote of the Massachusetts Governor's Council.

Berkshire County officials' reaction to McCarthy's rejection was swift and harsh.

"I could not be more dissapointed," said state Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield. "This was essentially a couple of Boston politicians figuring they know more about the judicial system in Berkshire County and that they know more about the integrity and professionalism of Michael McCarthy."

Michael Albano, a former Springfield mayor who represents the Western Massachusetts District 8 on the council, strongly backed McCarthy in comments prior to the vote. Albano said he heard an outpouring of praise for the attorney during a recent visit to the Berkshires.

The vote during an afternoon council meeting in Boston marked the second time McCarthy was rejected by the Governor's Council for the Southern Berkshire judgeship for which he was twice nominated by Gov. Patrick Deval.

In September, McCarthy's confirmation failed on a tie vote. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was out of the country on a trade mission to Europe and was unable to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the governor's nominee.

This article will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.


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