Justice McDonald’s nomination heads to state legislature as unfavorable following tie vote

Andrew McDonald

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Following a grilling at his confirmation hearing that lasted until early Tuesday morning, the Judiciary Committee was split on their decision to nominate Justice Andrew McDonald.

The Judiciary Committee voted 20-20 on the nomination of Justice Andrew McDonald.

Member of the committee Representative Thomas O’Dea abstained from voting.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly (http://bit.ly/2ozz2Sd), the committee’s unfavorable recommendation of the nomination will be sent to the House and Senate.

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Justice McDonald of Stamford has been on the high bench for five years. He was tabbed by Governor Dannel Malloy for the job back in January.

The Governor’s longtime friend faced extensive questioning about his participation in a Supreme Court ruling that effectively ended the death penalty three years ago and was challenged by lawmakers as to whether or not he was now an activist judge.

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In response, Justice McDonald stated, “Judicial activism apparently is in the eye of the person who dislikes an opinion, but I don’t know if there’s any unified understanding of what the term is.” He explained that “activist judge” is a popular and not a legal term.

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