Maine Senate returns to consider judicial nominees

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine senators are heading back to Augusta to consider Republican Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for top judicial posts.

The Democratic-controlled Senate will be back in session on Thursday to vote on whether to confirm Jeffery Hjelm to the Supreme Court of Maine and Deputy Attorney General William Stokes to Superior Court.

The two were unanimously endorsed by the Judiciary Committee last week.

Hjelm was nominated to the Superior Court by Gov. King in 1998 and was reappointed by Gov. Baldacci in 2005. The Camden resident is currently a superior justice for the Knox County Superior Court.

Stokes has served as mayor of Augusta since 2011 and is also chief of the criminal division of the Maine Attorney General's Office. He has worked under nine attorneys general since 1977.


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