Nine vying to fill Macon Circuit judgeship

awomack@macon.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Eight of the nine people who have applied to fill a vacancy on the Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court bench are women.

Six of them are prosecutors.

The vacancy was created with the retirement of Judge S. Phillip Brown at the end of 2013.

The contenders include: Jonathan Alderman of Macon’s Anderson, Walker & Reichert law firm; Veronica Brinson of Macon’s Veronica Brinson & Associates; Macon Circuit Assistant District Attorneys Pamela White Colbert and Sandra G. Matson; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Verda M. Colvin and Barbara G. Parker; LaShonda Harris, a Dublin Circuit assistant district attorney; Laura D. Hogue, a partner at Macon’s Hogue & Hogue law firm; and Lauren Love, a Monroe County assistant district attorney.

The applicants are set to be interviewed Wednesday by members of the state Judicial Nominating Commission.

Commission members will recommend a short list of up to five finalists to the governor’s office, and those applicants will go through another round of interviews with Gov. Nathan Deal before he makes the appointment.

If a woman is selected to fill the vacancy, she would become the second to sit on the circuit’s Superior Court bench following Martha Christian’s 1994 appointment by then-Gov. Zell Miller. Christian retired in 2011 as the court’s chief judge.

The Macon Circuit comprises Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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