- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The second of three judges nominated by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to Massachusetts’ highest court has been unanimously confirmed by the Governor’s Council.

David Lowy will join the Supreme Judicial Court this fall after the 8-0 vote on Wednesday.

The Marblehead resident has sat on the state’s Superior Court for the past 15 years and recently presided over the trial of Philip Chism, the teenager convicted of raping and killing his high school math teacher.

Earlier this month, the council unanimously confirmed Frank Gaziano to the high court. A hearing on Baker’s third pick, Kimberly Budd, is scheduled for next week.

The recent retirements of three SJC justices - Robert Cordy, Fernande Duffly and Francis Spina - provided Baker a unique opportunity to put his stamp on the seven-member court.

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