Former Va. AG up for judicial opening

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 6, 2011


RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley is among those being considered for a Virginia Supreme Court or Court of Appeals judgeship.

The Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog reported that Earley, a Republican, was one of 10 interviewed Tuesday by the Virginia General Assembly's Senate and House Courts of Justice committees to fill an open Supreme Court spot.

Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. died in February.

However, if a sitting appeals court judge is selected to fill the high court seat, Earley could take that open seat, the Post said.

Earley was elected to the Virginia Senate in 1988, serving until he was elected attorney general in 1998.

In 2001, Earley resigned as attorney general to focus on his 2001 campaign for governor. He was looking to succeed James Gilmore, but lost to businessman and Democratic Party leader Mark Warner.

Since 2002, Earley has served as president of Prison Fellowship, a Christian-based, non-profit organization that works with inmates and their families.

According to the Post blog, other candidates for Hassell's seat include Stephen R. McCullough, senior appellate counsel with the Virginia Attorney General's Office, and Judge Cleo E. Powell, the first African American woman named to the Virginia Court of Appeals.

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