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Hampden County D.A. Mark Mastroianni Nominated to Federal Judgeship

 

MastroianniWASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has been nominated for a federal judgeship.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, President Obama nominated Mastrioanni, along with Indira Talwani, to federal posts in Massachusetts.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says federal authorities asked him if he believed Mastroianni would be a good fit. He says the answer was easy.

“The DA’s Office has evolved and I think it’s really evolved a lot from DA Bill Bennett’s days and Mark carried in that tradition. Strong prosecution but also that key caveat of preventative programs, especially when it comes to juvenile,” Sarno said.

Mastroianni said in a statement “I’m very honored by the appointment. The process now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which can be a lengthy process. While that plays out, I remain entirely committed to doing the job I have been fulfilling and look forward to continuing my role as district attorney.”

The Massachusetts Bar Association says they don’t see any reasons why Mastroianni’s nomination wouldn’t be supported by both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the general senate.

“It is not unusual because of the partisan gridlock in Washington for any of the President’s nominations to take up to a year,” Chief Legal Counsel of the MBA Martin Healy said. “And again, with the support of the local US Senators that we have from Massachusetts, that will make a tremendous difference in getting the President’s nomination through.”

Mastroianni has 15 months left on his four-year term. Presuming the nomination holds, Governor Deval Patrick will choose an interim district attorney until the regular election is held.

President Obama issued a joint statement today about Mastroianni and one other nominee who would serve in eastern Massachusetts. It reads:

“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” said President Obama.  “I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.”

Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who appointed an advisory committee back in March to interview and make recommendations for federal judicial vacancies for Massachusetts, says that, if confirmed, Mastroianni would fill a position at the federal courthouse on State Street in Springfield, while Talwani, who is an attorney in Boston, will fill a vacancy in Boston.

Warren adds, “Both nominees, who were recommended by the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations, are talented and highly respected practitioners with diverse professional backgrounds, strong ties to the community, and impressive legal careers.”

Mastroianni applied for the position in early summer and says it is a once in a lifetime opportunity he could not pass up. There is no word on any early candidates for district attorney should the nomination be passed. Mastroianni began his career in the district attorney’s office, before spending 16 years in private practice. He beat Stephen Buoniconti for DA in the November 2010 election.