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Bridgeport Man Appointed To Serve As Superior Court Judge

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A Bridgeport man was one of four residents nominated to serve as judges on the state Superior Court this week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Malloy also announced the appointment of five residents to fill vacancies on the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“I am proud to nominate these outstanding men and women to the Connecticut Superior Court and to the Board of Pardons and Paroles,” Malloy said.  “These nominees will bring to the bench and to the board the skills, the temperament, and a diversity of experiences and backgrounds that will allow them to serve our state with distinction, fairness, integrity, and respect for the people of Connecticut.”

The Bridgeport resident nominated is Alex V. Hernandez, a member of Pullman & Comley’s Litigation Department and chair of its White Collar, Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Section. 

Previously, Hernandez was the supervisory assistant U.S. attorney for the Fairfield County office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Connecticut, where he supervised 12 attorneys and six support personnel in the investigation and prosecution of criminal tax fraud, white collar crime, fraud, public corruption, computer-related offenses, theft of trade secrets, and violent felonies. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.

Also nominated to be judges are: 

  • Kevin Doyle of North Haven, a Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven. 
  • Sheila M. Prats of Simsbury, a self-employed attorney, specializing in criminal, family, social security and wills. 
  • Omar A. Williams of West Hartford, an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, where he has served since 2001. 

According to the judicial branch, there are currently 13 vacancies on the Superior Court, with additional vacancies anticipated later this year.

Kenneth Ireland of New Britain, who works at the Capitol Region Education Council as a bookkeeper, was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. 

Following a wrongful conviction, Ireland served over 19 years in Connecticut prisons. Working in cooperation with the Connecticut Innocence Project, he was exonerated in August 2009 when DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crime.

Joy Chance of Bloomfield, Rufaro Berry of Hamden, Patricia Thomas Camp of Bloomfield and Terry M. Borjeson of Newington were also appointed to the board.

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