All 18 seats on North Carolina’s first Judicial Nominating Commission are finally filled, but complaints have followed that Gov. Beverly E. Perdue stacked what was supposed to be a bipartisan body with fellow Democrats.
Perdue announced her appointments to the commission on Jan. 4, about nine months after she signed an executive order establishing the JNC. Several members of the commission are prominent Democrats, including former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt.
Still, Perdue spokesman Benjamin L. Niolet said political affiliation did not play a role in the selection of commission members. “The members were chosen because they were the most qualified,” he said.
Perdue selected her former general counsel, Edwin M. Speas Jr. (pictured) of Raleigh’s Poyner & Spruill, as chairman of the JNC.
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