Judge Pamela Hutchens and her supporters have waged a campaign for weeks to persuade state lawmakers to reappoint her to another six-year term on Virginia Beach’s General District Court.
They’ve written letters, made phone calls, enlisted support from powerful advocacy groups, including local chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Fraternal Order of Police.
The effort, however, is for naught.
"It’s a done deal," Del. Barry Knight, a Virginia Beach Republican, told me last week. "She will not be reappointed."
Instead, local lawmakers have thrown their support to Robert F. Hagans Jr., a defense attorney with an office in Norfolk. He has been invited to meet with the judicial appointments subcommittee on Monday, and is expected to be confirmed by the middle of the week for the judgeship, which pays $146,599 per year.
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~ The Virginian-Pilot