Appellate Court Judge Richard Robinson, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nominee to the Connecticut Supreme Court, is appearing before a legislative committee for a confirmation hearing.
The General Assembly's Judiciary Committee has scheduled the public hearing on Thursday afternoon. He has been tapped to succeed Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr., who left the court after reaching the mandatory judge retirement age of 70 in October.
Robinson is the only black judge on the Appellate Court, the state's second-highest court. If confirmed by the full General Assembly, which convenes in February, he would be the only black justice on the state's highest court. Norcott is also black.
Robinson was first appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2000 and later to the Appellate Court in 2007.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.