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Judicial nominees approved for West Roxbury, Clinton courts

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The Governor’s Council unanimously approved two of Governor Deval Patrick’s judicial nominees Wednesday, but did not address a controversial nominee for the Superior Court whose confirmation vote was suddenly postponed by the governor two weeks ago.

Thomas Kaplanes, Patrick’s pick for a judgeship in the Boston Municipal Court West Roxbury division, and Dennis Sargent, his nominee for the Clinton District Court, were confirmed to serve on the bench.

Sargent, 48, currently works as the assistant clerk magistrate in the Clinton court, a position he has held since 2008. He will succeed Judge Martha Brennan, who died suddenly last October. Sargent previously practiced at the Worcester law firm of Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, handling criminal and civil matters, municipal cases, and divorces.

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