Three finalists named for Macon Judicial Circuit judgeship

awomack@macon.comJanuary 14, 2012 

A list of seven Macon lawyers in the running to become the Macon Judicial Circuit’s next judge has narrowed to three.

Macon lawyers W. John Camp, Philip T. Raymond III and Graham A. Thorpe were recommended for the Superior Court judgeship by the state Judicial Nominating Commission following interviews Wednesday.

Gov. Nathan Deal will have additional interviews and choose one of the men to fill the judgeship vacancy created by Chief Superior Court Judge Martha Christian’s retirement last month.

Although the final interviews haven’t been scheduled, they will be held in the next few weeks, said Stephanie Mayfield, Deal’s press secretary.

It was unclear Friday when the appointment will be made.

The appointment of Ed Ennis, the last judge named to the Macon Circuit bench, was announced Dec. 7, 2007, about three months after the nominating commission submitted recommendations to then-Gov. Sonny Perdue. Perdue held interviews on Nov. 5, 2007.

Ennis filled a vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Bryant Culpepper. Ennis remains on the bench.

Senior Judge Tommy Day Wilcox is handling Christian’s caseload until a new judge is appointed.

Camp is a partner at the Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson law firm, which has offices in Macon, Warner Robins and Albany. He also has worked as an active duty U.S. Air Force staff judge advocate.

Raymond, a partner at Macon’s Shaffer, Raymond and Dalton law firm, was one of five finalists chosen by the commission in 2007 for consideration for the vacancy created by Culpepper’s retirement.

Thorpe is a federal prosecutor working out of the U.S. attorney’s office in Macon. He previously worked in the Macon Judicial Circuit’s district attorney’s office, where he was chief assistant district attorney for 14 years. Thorpe also has worked as a prosecutor in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Other attorneys nominated for the job included G. Morris Carr of Macon’s Carr Downey law firm; John P. Cole, a Macon State College vice president and attorney; Jeffery Monroe, a partner at Macon’s Jones, Cork & Miller law firm; Kim Stroup, of Macon’s Anderson, Walker & Reichert law firm; and Thomas David Mann, of Macon’s Mann & Mann law firm. Monroe declined to apply for the position after his nomination.

The Macon Judicial Circuit comprises Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.

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