UPDATED 3/17/11 On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, Judge Lubbie Harper was approved for a seat on Connecticut’s highest court – the State Supreme Court – by the House of Representatives.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated Appellate Court Judge Lubbie Harper Jr. to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.
Harper, 68, of North Haven, would occupy the seat left by Joette Katz, who took the unusual step of leaving the bench in January to become commissioner of the long-troubled state Department of Children and Families.

Honorable Lubbie Harper, Jr.

“As a young man growing up in New Haven, I could not have dreamed of being in the position I find myself today,” Harper said Wednesday after Malloy announced his nomination at a press conference in the Legislative Office Building. “Governor, I hope there are young people who take hope from the appointment you have made today.”

Harper, if he receives legislative confirmation, will be the third black justice in the state high court’s history. The first was Robert D. Glass, nominated in 1987 by Democratic Gov. William A. O’Neill. Current Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr. was named to the court by Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. in 1992, the same year Glass retired.

Malloy said it didn’t matter to him that Harper will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 in November 2012.

Based on his career and his “life story,” Harper deserves to be on the Supreme Court, Malloy said. “So I can honestly tell you that time was not a factor.”

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By JON LENDER
The Hartford Courant

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