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CABRET NOMINATED TO REPLACE HODGE AS TOP JUDGE

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Judge Maria Cabret of St. Croix is Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's choice to be presiding judge of the Territorial Court.
If she is confirmed by the Senate, Cabret will replace Judge Verne A. Hodge in the top judicial post when Hodge retires next month.
St. Thomas attorney Rhys Hodge will fill Hodge's seat on the St. Thomas bench. Both appointments were announced Friday afternoon at a Government House press conference.
Turnbull also announced his reappointment of Territorial Court Judge Ive A. Swan in St. Thomas.
Cabret has been in charge of the St. Croix branch of the Territorial Court, where she won general praise for her handling of those administrative responsibilities.
If the Senate confirms her reappointment — which seems a forgone conclusion — Cabret will become only the second presiding judge of the Territorial Court. Verne Hodge has filled that post since the court came into existence on Jan. 1, 1977.
By law, the governor has the authority to name the court's presiding judge.

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