- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Charlie Baker’s nominations to fill three seats on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated three Superior Court judges to fill upcoming vacancies on the state’s highest court.

Baker on Tuesday announced the selections of Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy to the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court.

If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, they would replace three associate Justices: Fernande Duffly, Francis Spina and Robert Cordy, who are retiring from the high court this summer.

Baker called the nominees distinguished and well-respected judges who have handled some of the state’s most complicated criminal and civil cases.

Budd, the daughter of former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, was named to the Superior Court in 2009.

Gaziano, a former state and federal prosecutor, joined the court in 2004.

Lowy served as a district court judge before being elevated to the Superior Court in 2001.

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1:35 p.m.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is set to nominate three Superior Court judges to fill upcoming vacancies on the state’s highest court.

If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy would replace Associate Justices Fernande Duffly, Francis Spina and Robert Cordy. They are retiring from the court this summer.

The nominations were confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of Baker’s choices. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on the choices. The governor was scheduled to make an announcement later Tuesday.

Budd is the daughter of former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd. She was named to the Superior Court in 2009.

Gaziano has been on the court since 2004 and Lowy since 2001, after first serving on the district court.

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12:15 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to announce three nominees for the state’s highest court.

The Republican governor will introduce his picks for the Supreme Judicial Court during a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Statehouse.

There are three upcoming vacancies on the high court. Associate justices Fernande Duffly, Francis Spina and Robert Cordy have all announced plans to step down from the court by the end of the summer.

The vacancies provide Baker with an unusual opportunity to put an early stamp on the seven-member court.

Baker has formed a special judicial nominating commission to help vet SJC candidates.

Those nominated by Baker must still be confirmed by the eight-member Governor’s Council.

Founded in 1692, the SJC is considered the oldest continuously sitting appellate court in the Western Hemisphere.

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This story has been corrected to show Baker announced nominations on Tuesday, not Wednesday.


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