Gay prosecutor could still become judge

Tracy Thorne-Begland
Tracy Thorne-Begland

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The controversy surrounding a gay prosecutor denied a judicial appointment isn't quite over yet.

Tracy Thorne-Begland might have another shot at the job. He could be named an interim judge. He didn't get enough in the Republican-controlled house to win this job earlier this month.

Many of his supporters felt he was denied the job because he's openly gay.

Since lawmakers never filled the position, the Times-Dispatch reports that the six judges of Richmond's Circuit court can then decide if they want to fill the open bench spot or decide to take on more cases in the future.

Many are saying Thorne-Begland would be on the short list of candidates if they decided to fill the position.

These judges are not required to fill the vacancy but the opening is in a busy district.

Thorne-Begland is a veteran prosecutor. Right now, he's Richmond's Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney.

Thorne-Begland would have to win approval from the General Assembly to serve a full term. He'd likely be able to serve for a few months if he's appointed before the General Assembly would vote again.

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