“It is not illegal, but it is an example of well-thought-out financial planning,” Cippolini said.
Lang said that was not his motivation for applying to be a judge.
“My wife is sitting over there and can attest that I have never made a decision based on our best financial interests,” he said. “That is not what I am about. I wish I was more attuned to those things. But I am not.”
At the start of the hearing, several witnesses testified on Lang’s behalf, calling him a compassionate man with exceptional legal skills and judicial temperament.
Attorney Robert Sheketoff said, “There are a few lawyers that I have met in the course of my 37 years of doing this that make me proud of being in this profession, and this is one of them.”
Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley said Lang has the ability to make difficult decisions fairly and quickly.
“Decision-making ability — that is what we do as judges,” Feeley said. “Some are routine, some are difficult. Perfectionists need not apply to be a judge. There is not the time. We need to make decisions as fair and as right as humanly possible. It also needs to be efficient. Cases should move. He has the ability to make decisions fairly, carefully, but also quickly.”
Attorney Nancy Pellegrini, who works with Lang in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, became choked up when she described how she would miss working with him.
“The truth of the matter is I am going to miss him terribly, both on a professional and personal level,” she said. “But the bottom line is, I live here in the commonwealth. ... This is the kind of person you want on the bench. This is what you want our legal system to be.”
In addition to Lang, the council also confirmed Mary Ames, a private practice attorney with 14 years of experience in the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, for a Superior Court judgeship, and Robert Pellegrini, a supervising prosecutor in Dudley District Court, for a Worcester District Court judgeship.