Western Massachusetts is one step closer to having a new federal judge. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday voted on the nomination of Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to serve as a district court judge. It was approved on a voice vote.
Mastroianni’s nomination now goes to the full Senate.
If approved, he will work at the federal court in Springfield. Much of the work there now falls on Judge Michael Ponsor, who three years ago opted to reduce his caseload.
Feb. 27, 2014: Senate Judiciary Committee Delays Vote On Mastroianni’s Federal Court Nomination
Feb. 12, 2014: To Light Crowd Of Senators, Mastroianni Defends Positions On Marijuana, Gun Storage Laws
Feb. 10, 2014: Hampden DA Mastroianni To Appear At Senate Confirmation Hearing
Oct. 7, 2013: Federal Judge Ponsor Happy With Replacement Pick, Frustrated By Slow Process
Sept. 25, 2013: Hampden County D.A. Nominated For Judgeship