Governor's Council to Hold Public Hearing for Two Judicial Nominees Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 (UPDATED 11/7/09)

The Mass. Governor's Council will hold a public hearing on Nov. 18 at the State House (Governor's Patrick's office) for judicial nominee George F. Phelan as Associate Justice of the Nantucket Probate and Family Court at 12:30 p.m and on Dec. 2 for Martine Carroll as Associate Justice of the Lawrence District Court at 10:30 a.m. Coalition supporters are encouraged to attend.

The Fatherhood Coalition will submit a questionnaire to both candidates to determine how they stand on issues affecting men and fathers in the courts.

!UPDATE! - The Fatherhood Coalition attended the Nov. 18 hearing and spoke against his nomination at that time, reserving a final decision until receiving his answers to our questionnaire. Following the hearing Mr. Phelan informed us that he would not submit a response. We submitted a formal recommendation to reject his nomination in a letter on Nov. 20, 2009 to the Council.