Albano To Question Supreme Judicial Court Pick On Work With FBI, U.S. Attorney

The Massachusetts Governor’s Council Wednesday resumes its confirmation hearing of Governor Deval Patrick’s pick to lead the Supreme Judicial Court.

At a meeting last week, the nominee said nothing. The hours of testimony were devoted to speakers praising Associate Justice Ralph Gants, and members of the governor’s council questioning those speakers.

On Wednesday, says Councilor Mike Albano, Gants will get to make a statement and then field questions. Albano says he wants to know about Gants’ work at the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office, and what he knew about the feds’ involvement with convicted Boston mobster Whitey Bulger.

“There’s some concerns that certainly have to be reviewed as to what his position was, what did he know and when did he know it,” Albano says. “I just don’t think you can let that period pass without asking those fundamentally important questions.”

Albano, as mayor of Springfield from 1996 to 2004, led a city hall that was the subject of an FBI corruption probe.

He says he’s not decided yet whether he’ll vote to confirm Gants as chief justice.