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Brutinel not going to Supreme Court

Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert M. Brutinel

Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert M. Brutinel

PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert M. Brutinel is not going to be the next Arizona Supreme Court justice.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments did not choose Brutinel as one of three names to send to Gov. Jan Brewer to fill a vacant seat on the court. Brewer has 60 days to make her appointment.

"I'm disappointed, but I know all three judges and they are very qualified," Brutinel said Tuesday afternoon. "I think my interview with the commission went fine. I'm very confident in the three judges that were selected."

Brutinel said he does not think that the misconduct charges and recent resignation of Superior Court Judge Howard Hinson had anything to do with the commission not selecting him.

Hinson admitted that he "violated ethical standards" and resigned effective Sept. 30. As presiding judge, Brutinel oversees Hinson's court in Division 4.

Brutinel said now that he is out of the running, it is business as usual and he has no plans to leave his job.

"From a professional standpoint, I have no dissatisfaction with my job and do not want anyone to think I am looking for another job," he said. "I love my job and the people I work with."

Brutinel said he is "flattered" that he went as far as he did in the selection process.

"If the worst thing that happens by not getting chosen is I get to keep a job that I love, then I'm very satisfied," he added.

According to a news report, the commission nominated Diane Johnsen, John Pelander and Ann Scott Timmer. Brewer will appoint one of them to fill Ruth McGregor's seat on the bench. McGregor retired in June.

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