N.J. Senate gives justice tenure

John O'Brien Jun. 29, 2009, 2:50pm


TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin has received a lifetime spot on the court.

The state Senate voted Friday to grant Albin tenure, meaning the 56-year-old can serve 14 more years until the mandatory retirement age of 70. Eleven Republican senators voted against tenure, but 27 other senators (23 Democrats) did, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Albin becomes the third justice on the seven-member court to be granted tenure.

Albin graduated from Cornell Law School in 1976 and started his career as a deputy attorney general in the state's Division of Criminal Justice. He later became a high-profile criminal defense attorney. Then-Gov. James McGreevey appointed Albin to the Supreme Court in 2002.

Justices in New Jersey are up for tenure after their first seven years on the court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 Tuesday to advance Albin's case to the entire Senate.

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