Consider this a public service announcement: Don’t approve Lemire. The LaGuer case is going to the Supreme Judicial Court this fall with James C. Rehnquist leading the charge. Lemire’s roll in the disappearing fingerprint report is bound to get the attention it finally deserves. The brief Rehnquist filed with the SJC last week tells an alarming story.
As a lawyer for the commonwealth Lemire’s involvement in this travesty of justice is embarrassment enough. To think that a judge did this early on in his career is cringe material.
The timing of the nomination seems tawdry. Lemire’s name was floated last summer and according to well placed sources was going nowhere. Barring a judgeship he’s likely to be unemployed when the new DA moves in next January.
So it is suspect that the day after the election Lemire’s name is forwarded and seemingly nobody notified the press. Then a week later the public hearing is set with a vote to follow hard on its heals.
Remember: We’re talking life time appointment to a position that affects people’s lives at a fundamental level. This should not be a resting place for an ethically challenged loyalist to a long-serving DA. Please consider registering your concern with members of the Governor’s Council (use link for contact information). At the very least, the appointment should be delayed until after the SJC has finished reviewing the case.
Romney names Paxton resident for judgeship
Assistant DA faces panel review
By Gary V. Murray TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
WORCESTER Assistant District Attorney James R. Lemire of Paxton has been nominated by Gov. Mitt Romney for a Superior Court judgeship.
A spokesman for the governor confirmed the nomination yesterday and said Mr. Lemire is scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow by the Governors Council. It was not clear whether the Governors Council planned to vote on Mr. Lemires appointment tomorrow or at its scheduled meeting next week.
Mr. Lemire is a 1975 graduate of Assumption College and a 1978 graduate of New England School of Law. He served as an assistant district attorney in the office of District Attorney John J. Conte from 1979 to 1989, when he entered private practice in Holden. Mr. Lemire returned to the district attorneys office in 2001 and has worked as an assistant district attorney since that time. As a prosecutor, he has served as chief of Mr. Contes drug, sexual assault and financial crime units.
Married with two sons, Mr. Lemire has taught courses in business law, criminal law and litigation at Assumption College for the last 25 years.
Its an honor to be nominated, Mr. Lemire said yesterday, declining to comment further until after his confirmation hearing.
If confirmed, Mr. Lemire would become the first Worcester-area lawyer to be named to the Superior Court bench since John S. McCann of Westboro, then a Westboro District Court judge, was appointed in 2000.