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Panel recommends 5 to fill W.Va. judicial vacancy

By The Associated Press

BECKLEY, W.Va. – An advisory panel has recommended five candidates to fill a judicial position serving Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.

The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission submitted its recommendations to replace 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Joseph C. Pomponio Jr. to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Tomblin can choose one of the candidates, or he can appoint someone else.

Pomponio retired Feb. 28 but has continued to serve as a senior status judge.

The Register-Herald reports that the candidates recommended by the commission include Greenbrier County prosecutor Patrick Via and two assistant prosecutors, Jennifer Dent and Britt Ludwig.

The other candidates are Kanawha County senior assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach and Lewisburg attorney Robert Richardson.


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