Governor LePage Announces Judicial Nominees

August 31, 2011

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage today announced the nomination of Judge John H. O’Neil to serve as a Justice of the Superior Court and Justice G. Arthur Brennan to serve as an Active Retired Justice of the Superior Court.

“I am pleased to nominate two individuals with distinguished records on the bench,” said LePage. “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics. These nominees reflect those priorities.”

Judge O’Neil, a resident of Kennebunk, was nominated to the District Court by Governor Baldacci in 2007. Before he became a judge, he was in private practice as a trial lawyer at Smith, Elliott, Smith, & Garmey, P.A. in Saco for nearly twenty years. Prior to going into private practice, O’Neil was an Assistant District Attorney in York County. He is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.

Justice Brennan, a resident of York, has served on the bench since 1982. He was nominated to the District Court in 1982 by Governor Brennan and elevated to the Superior Court in 1984. He has served four terms on the Superior Court, having been re-nominated by Governors McKernan, King, and Baldacci. Before becoming a Judge, Justice Brennan was York County District Attorney; an Assistant Attorney General; and was in private practice. He is a graduate of Colby College and Suffolk University Law School.

Judicial nominees must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate. The Senate will be in special session on September 27th and is expected to consider the nominees at that time.