Updated: Friday, 01 Mar 2013, 6:00 PM EST
Published : Friday, 01 Mar 2013, 3:03 AM EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Branford attorney who was a figure in a criminal case involving a shoreline pyramid scheme is moving closer to becoming a superior court judge.
The legislature's Judiciary Committee on Friday voted 28-to-12 in favor of Shelley Marcus' nomination. Some Democrats joined minority Republicans in opposing her confirmation, which awaits action by the full General Assembly.
Republican Rep. Arthur O'Neill tried to delay Friday's vote, saying Marcus' answers to questions about her role as an attorney for some members of a so-called gifting tables club raised more questions. Marcus denied she ever told the women the club was legal, contradicting statements made by witnesses at the recent trial of two women.
Democratic Sen. Eric Coleman said "there will always be some suspicion" about Marcus' assertion, but said lawmakers shouldn't wait.