Saturday, January 17, 2009


The Governor's Council may vote on Gov. Patrick's nomination of Superior Court Judge Ralph Gants to the Supreme Judicial Court. At his hearing last week, councilors focused on his work in connection with a pair of sexual dangerousness hearings and his preliminary injunction against sub-prime lender Fremont Investment & Loan. Only one complaint against his conduct has surfaced in his ten years on the bench, he said during questioning: a person who was upset with the outcome of a case involving the kidnapping of a Siamese cat. "Your questions were all fair," he said at the end of the three-hour hearing. If confirmed, Gants would fill the seat held until recently by Justice John Greaney who left the court as he approached the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70.

(Wednesday, noon, Council Chambers)

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