Five have applied for the vacancy that will be created when Chief Judge Robert M. Bell retires in July from the Maryland Court of Appeals. Three of the applicants are on the Court of Special Appeals: Judges Stuart Ross Berger, Albert Joseph Matricciani Jr., and Shirley Marie Watts. A Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge, W. Michel Pierson, and Baltimore attorney, Mary Natalie McSherry, have also applied.
Chief Judge Bell’s seat is the Baltimore seat so all of these applicants are from Baltimore.
I hope Judge Bell hangs around and continues to hear cases as many judges have when they reach retirement age. Go back and read this blog and find how many times I have used this space to suck up to judges.
Update: The winner was Judge Watts.