Public asked to comment on 13 Arizona Supreme Court nominees

Jan 28, 2019, 4:24 AM
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PHOENIX — The Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has asked the public to comment on 13 applicants vying to replace Justice John Pelander on the Arizona Supreme Court.

Pelander announced in December that he will retire on March 1, after serving on the court since he was appointed by former Gov. Jan Brewer in 2009.

The commission will review the 13 applications and hear public comments at a meeting in the Arizona State Courts Building on Feb. 6.

At the meeting, the Commission will choose which applicants to interview on March 1.

After the interviews, the commission will recommend at least three nominees to Gov. Doug Ducey, who will then decide who to appoint.

The nominees are:

  • Paul V. Avelar of the Institute for Justice
  • James P. Beene, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
  • Sean E. Brearcliffe, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division II
  • Kent E. Cattani, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
  • Maria Elena Cruz, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
  • David J. Euchner of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office
  • Richard E. Gordon, a Pima County Superior Court Judge
  • Randall M. Howe, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
  • Andrew M. Jacobs of Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • William G. Montgomery of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • Regina L. Nassen of the Pima County Attorney’s Office
  • Jennifer M. Perkins, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
  • Timothy M. Wright, a Gila County Superior Court Judge

Citizens may shares their comment in person at the meeting, or they can submit them before Feb. 4 by emailing, or mailing them to the Arizona State Courts Building.

Anonymous comments are not permitted.

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