This just in: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated prominent Hartford criminal defense attorney Hope Seeley to serve as a Superior Court judge. Seeley is one of 15 nominees to fill 30 vacancies on the court.
As you may know, Seeley represented former Mayor Eddie Perez in his trial on corruption charges and the subsequent appeal. (Perez is due before a three-judge panel Feb. 19.)
“I am honored to be nominated by Governor Malloy to be a judge of the Superior Court and to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Connecticut,” Seeley, a Coventry resident, said in a statement released through the governor’s office. She is a partner with Santos & Seeley, P.C. on Russ Street in Hartford.
Malloy also nominated Judge Christine Keller, who until last year was the chief administrative judge of juvenile matters, to serve on the state Appellate Court. Keller has also been a high-profile, legal figure in the city, serving in Superior Court since 1993. She is the wife of former House Speaker Tom Ritter and mother of State Rep. Matthew Ritter, D-Hartford.
From the governor’s office:
Prior to becoming a judge, Keller served as a family support magistrate from 1989 to 1993, worked in private practice from 1987 to 1989, served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford from 1984 to 1987, and was a staff attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services in Hartford from 1977 to 1984. …
Judge Keller’s nomination will fill the vacancy being left by the Honorable Carmen Espinosa, who has been nominated to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. The nomination is conditioned on the General Assembly acting favorably on the nomination of Judge Espinosa.
UPDATE: Here’s a full story on Malloy’s court nominations.