Three more lawyers have been nominated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Superior Court Judge Martha Christian.
Kim Stroup, Graham Thorpe and William John Camp were nominated after the Dec. 5 deadline. Late nominations were only accepted along with valid excuses, such as information being sent to an incorrect e-mail address, according to the state Judicial Nominating Commission.
In all, eight attorneys were nominated for the post in the Macon Judicial Circuit. Attorney Jeffery Monroe of Macon’s Jones, Cork & Miller law firm, declined to apply for consideration by the commission after he was nominated.
Commission members are scheduled to interview the remaining seven nominees in January.
Stroup, the sole female nominee, works at Macon’s Anderson, Walker & Reichert law firm.
Thorpe is a prosecutor in 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.
Camp is an attorney 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, according to the firm’s website.
Other attorneys nominated for the job include are G. Morris Carr, of Macon’s Carr Downey law firm; John P. Cole, a Macon State College vice president and attorney; Thomas David Mann, of Macon’s Mann & Mann law firm; and Philip T. Raymond III, of Macon’s Shaffer, Raymond & Dalton law firm.
In 2010, Carr campaigned unsuccessfully for the vacancy on the bench created by the retirement of Judge Lamar Sizemore. Howard Simms, a former district attorney, won the seat in a Nov. 30, 2010, runoff.
Raymond was one of five finalists chosen by the commission for consideration in 2007 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue for a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bryant Culpepper. Attorney Ed Ennis was appointed, and he is still on the bench.
After the January interviews, the commission will make recommendations to Gov. Nathan Deal. The commission is a group of 20 attorneys appointed by Deal to help fill judicial vacancies.
Deal will use the commission’s recommendations and conduct additional interviews before appointing a new judge.
The Macon Judicial Circuit comprises Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.
Christian is scheduled to retire at the end of the year.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.