By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
The Philadelphia Bar Association’s judicial candidate ratings arm has said that Philadelphia judicial candidates Diana Anhalt, Stephen J. Negro, Stephanie M. Sawyer and Marvin L. Williams are rated “recommended.”
Williams is running for the Philadelphia Municipal Court and the other candidates are running for Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
Previously, the the association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention gave 27 other attorneys ratings of "recommended" and 10 other attorneys ratings of "not recommended" in the race for Philadelphia Municipal Court and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
Earlier this month, the commission said it was rating as "not recommended" Kenneth Citrino, Martin S. Coleman, Jim DiVergilis, Tom Fitzpatrick, Beverly Muldrow, Meredith Seigle-DiClaudio, Lopez T. Thompson, Ted J. Vigilante, Nycole Watson and Anita Smith.
The commission gave "recommended" ratings to Giovanni O. Campbell, Daine Grey Jr., Sean Kennedy, Robert M. Kline, J. Scott O'Keefe, Joseph J. O'Neill, Edward C. Wright, Drew Aldinger, Anne Marie B. Coyle, Charles Ehrlich, Michael Fanning, Angelo J. Foglietta, Vince Giusini, Roger F. Gordon Jr., Jonathan Q. Irvine, Vincent L. Johnson, Sayde J. Ladov, Harry J. Levant, Christopher Mallios Jr., Barbara A. McDermott, Maria McLaughlin, Carolyn H. Nichols, J. Scott O'Keefe, Kenneth J. Powell Jr., Fran Shields, Joseph C. Waters Jr. and Derrick W. Coker.
Bar officials said earlier this week that it has been its policy since the mid-2000s to not specify if candidates were rated as "not recommended" because they declined to participate in the evaluation or if they were found to be "not recommended" on the merits of their background.