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Judicial Minds Share a Few Insights


— October 28, 2007

PROVIDENCE — You could have predicted Abraham Lincoln. No one was shocked by Jesus or Thurgood Marshall. But Larry Bird came as a bit of a surprise.

During interviews last week, Judicial Nominating Commission member June Tow posed this question to candidates vying for a pair of state District Court seats: “If you could spend a day with any one person in history, who would it be? And why?”

Over the course of three days, the commission interviewed 14 candidates for the District Court vacancies created by the death of Judge Richard A. Gonnella and the retirement of Judge Patricia D. Moore. . . .

[W]hen asked to name someone he’d like to spend a day with, Stephen M. Isherwood, a Warwick Probate Court judge, didn’t hesitate. “Larry Joe Bird,” he said.

Isherwood, 47, of Warwick, said the former Boston Celtics star “is a lunch-pail kind of guy who goes above the call of duty. When you think of some of the adversity he faced and what he accomplished, it’s impressive.”

Details here from the Providence Journal-Bulletin.


PROVIDENCE — You could have predicted Abraham Lincoln. No one was shocked by Jesus or Thurgood Marshall. But Larry Bird came as a bit of a surprise.

During interviews last week, Judicial Nominating Commission member June Tow posed this question to candidates vying for a pair of state District Court seats: “If you could spend a day with any one person in history, who would it be? And why?”

Over the course of three days, the commission interviewed 14 candidates for the District Court vacancies created by the death of Judge Richard A. Gonnella and the retirement of Judge Patricia D. Moore. . . .

[W]hen asked to name someone he’d like to spend a day with, Stephen M. Isherwood, a Warwick Probate Court judge, didn’t hesitate. “Larry Joe Bird,” he said.

Isherwood, 47, of Warwick, said the former Boston Celtics star “is a lunch-pail kind of guy who goes above the call of duty. When you think of some of the adversity he faced and what he accomplished, it’s impressive.”

Details here from the Providence Journal-Bulletin.

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