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PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERJudge Samuel P. Murray during his installation ceremony March 18. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERJudge Samuel P. Murray during his installation ceremony March 18.

Northampton County--Murray sworn in as a county judge

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A packed crowd of well-wishers, which spilled out into the aisles March 18 for newly installed Judge Samuel P, Murray at Northampton County Courthouse, was a mix of pomp, circumstance, humor and reflection.

President Judge Stephen Baratta swore in Murray, of Hanover Township, whose roots are in Easton, as the county’s newest judge to thundering applause from the large crowd of family, lawyers, elected officials, the entire county bench and many friends who were active in Murray’s election campaign.

Northampton Borough Mayor Thomas D. Reenock was among the local contingent at Murray’s installation ceremony.

In campaigning for the position, Murray fared exceptionally well at the polls in Northampton and North Catasauqua, appearing twice before Northampton Borough Council.

As a lawyer for 32 years, Murray has practiced the entire realm of law – civil, criminal, juvenile and court appointments.

Pledging to be fair, compassionate and adhere to the law, Murray said he is excited to serve on the Common Pleas Court for the next 10 years. He said the present county bench, as those in the past, has a reputation as the Commonwealth’s finest.

Murray’s hard-working, blue collar parents, his wife Margie, daughters Emily and Maria, and son Joseph are not only his inspiration, Murray said, but the reason he is now a judge.

The robing ceremony, at which Murray donned the black judicial robe, was assisted by his children. Then taking his seat on the bench, Murray said, “I can’t tell the court how much I appreciate everything you’ve done in the last few weeks,” adding that it all made the transition easier.