Jan. 18, 2006 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull on Tuesday nominated former Lt. Gov. Julio Brady to fill the Superior Court judge slot left vacant when Judge Edgar D. Ross retired in December.
From 1992 to 1994, Brady served as a judge in Territorial Court, Superior Court's previous name.
"As a former U.S. attorney, judge of the Territorial Court, attorney general and lieutenant governor, attorney Brady has a wealth of knowledge and experience which makes him well qualified to sit on the bench again," Gov. Turnbull wrote to Senate President Lorraine Berry in a request that the Legislature confirm the nomination.
The St. Thomas-born Brady, 63, currently works as the in-house attorney for Innovative Communication Corp. and is the current state chairman of the territory's Republican Party. From 1980 to 1982, he served as state chairman of the territory's Democratic Party.
"My selection by Gov. Turnbull represents a distinctly bipartisan appointment by the titular head of the Democratic Party. Our political party diversity did not deter the governor from sending my nomination to the Democratic-controlled Legislature," Brady said in a news release.
He did not return a phone call requesting comment.
Brady graduated from New York Law School in 1969. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He graduated in 1964.
While much of his career was spent in private practice, he served as the territory's attorney general from 1995 to 1999, as the territory's first federal programs coordinator in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1982, as U.S. attorney for the Virgin Islands District from 1973 to 1975, and as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1971 to 1973. He was a public defender for the Legal Aid Society of New York from 1969 to 1971.
Before heading off to law school, he worked as an interviewer for the V.I. Employment Security Agency on St. Thomas.
His career has included some high-profile cases. According to "Profiles of Outstanding Virgin Islanders," Brady served as the chief prosecutor in the 1979 Fountain Valley murder trial.
In 1989 he defended former Sen. Kenneth Mapp in his case against the Legislature. Mapp had been ousted from his seat by the Legislature for failing to re-register in the Virgin Islands after he voted in a Georgia primary election.
Brady also unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1986.
His nomination needs approval by the Legislature.
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