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(Neb)-Panhandle Still Waiting For Appointment Of New District Judge  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/31/2017 11:54 PM
GERING - Attorneys and judges across the Panhandle are hoping Gov Pete Ricketts is just about ready to name the successor to retired district judge Randy Lippstreu. The new judge, like Lippstreu, will be based in Scotts Bluff County.

     The three remaining district judges in the 12th District...Leo Dobrovolny of Gering, Travis O'Gorman of Alliance, and Derek Weimber of Sidney...have picked up the extra caseload since Lippstreu's retirement, but O'Gorman says they're slowly falling behind.

The 12th District Judicial Nominating Commission submitted the names of Andrea Miller of Scottsbluff and Lea Wroblewski of Legal Aid Nebraska for the governor's consideration two weeks ago and Supreme Court  Justice William Cassel, who presided over the commission, said it should take a week or two for Ricketts to make a decision.

        Miller, Wroblewski and a third applicant - Scottsbluff Attorney Kyle Long - each presented the case for their selection to the nominating commission during the roughly 90-minute public hearing, after which the commission members met behind closed doors for a couple to discuss each hopeful before making its selection.

      The 12th Judicial District covers the 11 Panhandle counties plus Grant County in the Sandhills.


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