A 3-year vacancy on the federal bench in western Massachusetts is about to filled.
With his nomination to be U.S. District Court Judge in Springfield now confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mark Mastroianni said he expects to resign within days as Hampden County District Attorney.
" It is in many ways bittersweet because I love what I do. That being said I am enormously excited about the challenges and opportunities that I have in front of me."
Mastroianni said he’s uncertain of the backlog of cases the federal court faces. He expects some cases that were moved to Boston will be transferred back to western Massachusetts. Governor Patrick will appoint an interim prosecutor to serve out the remaining six months of Mastroianni’s term.