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Governor’s councilor, expected to be deciding vote, says he will confirm judicial nominee

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Governor’s Council member Michael J. Albano announced Sunday that he would vote to confirm Governor Deval Patrick’s pick of attorney Robert L. Ullmann as an associate justice of the Superior Court. Albano has been described as holding the deciding vote on Ullman’s nomination. The eight-member council is scheduled to take a delayed vote Wednesday. Some members had said they would vote against confirming Ullmann because he lacks experience in trying cases in Superior Court. He has also been criticized by council members for the failure by the US attorney’s office to prosecute James “Whitey” Bulger during the early 1990s, when Ullman was one of several federal prosecutors who oversaw wiretaps intended to catch the reputed gangster.

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