federal judgeship

WAMC

A vacancy on the federal court in western Massachusetts is a step closer to being filled. The nominee, Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.

Mastroianni told the committee that the experiences in his legal career, first as a prosecutor, and then building a successful private practice as a criminal defense attorney before being elected Hampden D.A. four years ago, had prepared him to become a federal judge.

WAMC

A top prosecutor in western Massachusetts may soon become a federal judge.  It would fill a vacancy in the federal court in Springfield that local attorneys say is causing cases to be moved to Boston.

President Obama has nominated  Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Mastroianni, speaking with reporters, said he received a phone call from the White House Tuesday morning informing him of the nomination.