Republican lawmaker questions courts appointment of gay judge
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Almost one month after lawmakers voted against an openly gay prosecutor serving as a General District Court judge, the Richmond Circuit Court appointed him to serve an interim position.
Tracy Thorne-Begland’s appointment to the 13th Judicial District in the Manchester Courthouse will begin July 1, but some question if a line was crossed. Others stand behind the decision, calling Thorne-Begland a worthy crime fighter.
“It has nothing frankly to do with Mr. Thorne-Begland. If [the Richmond Circuit Court] would have done that to anyone we would have rejected, I would have had the same position, because that`s our responsibility,” said Republican House Majority Leader Kirk Cox.
Cox said that it’s the General Assembly’s responsibility to elect judges to the bench.
“I’m surprised and a bit disappointed that the circuit court would almost serve as an appeals court,” Cox said. Cox said that the caucus spent…
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