Superior Court Judge Expected To Be Named Maine U.S. Attorney
By Stephanie Woodrow | March 3, 2022 6:20 pm

A Superior Court judge in Maine is expected to be nominated as the state’s next U.S. Attorney, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported Wednesday.

According to the station, talk in legal circles in Maine has focused on Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty II. An assistant law professor at the University of Maine School of Law, Cab Howard, told the station, “I don’t think that would be much of a surprise,” adding that, because of his experience, Delahanty is “obviously familiar with the job.”

Although Delahanty told the station he is not at liberty to discuss the nomination process, the judge acknowledged that in late January he had traveled to Washington, D.C., for an interview.

Delahanty, who previously served as the state’s U.S. Attorney in 1980 and 1981, was one of four people selected as finalists by an advisory committee of Maine lawyers. The three others are Kennebec County District Attorney Evert Fowle Jr., former U.S. Attorney Jay McCloskey and attorney Thimi Mina.

One candidate, McCloskey, confirmed to the station Wednesday that he is no longer under consideration. “Obviously, I was interested in being U.S. attorney and the rumor has it that someone else has been selected, and I don’t know when that will be confirmed,” McCloskey said.

Bush holdover Paula Silsby currently heads the office. She was recommended to become the district’s head prosecutor by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in 2001. However, the White House never sent her nomination to the Senate. Instead Attorney General John Ashcroft named her interim U.S. Attorney in September 2001. She is the longest serving interim U.S. Attorney. Silsby was one of the U.S. Attorneys considered for dismissal by the Bush administration.


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