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After rejection, governor picks Croom for special judgeship

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to elevate a local judge to be a special Superior Court judge after the General Assembly rejected one of his recent choices.

Cooper announced Aug. 14 that longtime Wake County District Judge Craig Croom is his nominee to become a special trial court judge.

These judges are often brought in to handle complex cases or perform fill-in duties. They serve five-year terms if confirmed by the House and Senate.

The House voted down Cooper nominee Bryan Beatty in June. The legislature isn’t scheduled to reconvene until November.

Croom served as a special Superior Court judge when then-Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed him in 2011. No legislative confirmation was required then. Croom’s career also includes time as an administrative law judge, assistant district attorney and sheriff’s deputy.

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