HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has nominated state Appellate Court Judge Richard Robinson to serve on Connecticut’s highest court.

Robinson was nominated by the governor on his 56th birthday Tuesday to succeed Justice Flemming L. Norcott Jr., who left the court after reaching the mandatory judge retirement age of 70 in October.

Robinson is the only black judge on the Appellate Court, the state’s second-highest court, and would be the only black justice on the Supreme Court if he’s confirmed by the General Assembly. Norcott also is black.

Robinson was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2000 and the Appellate Court in 2007. He was a member of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities from 1997 to 2000 and the commission’s chairman in 1999 and 2000.

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