Higgins named new judge
The long-running race for the Albemarle circuit judge seat is over, and former prosecutor Cheryl Higgins has been chosen, according to Delegate Rob Bell's office. That's bad news for Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos who had advanced, over the non-endorsement of the local bar, to Richmond interviews. Higgins, now in private practice, becomes the first woman to sit on the bench in the 16th Judicial Circuit.
Even two days ago, it was unclear that the 12 legislators from the 16th district would be able to get their act together to choose a judge before the General Assembly adjourns. Higgins, Camblos, and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Claude Worrell were invited to Richmond Tuesday for a perfunctory qualification before the Courts of Justice committee.
Bell will release a statement confirming Higgins' appointment later today.