Newly-appointed judge surprised by nephew visiting from Army deployment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee on Friday was joined by other state officials in the swearing-in of five new judges.

The five judges included Christopher K. Smith, Patrick O’Neil, Debra Saunders, Nicholas Parrillo and Moira Reynolds, all boasting lengthy legal experience.

“I am honored to swear in these five new judges, because they are the men and women who are tasked with playing a vital role in serving our state and its residents,” McKee said.

One of the five newly-appointed judges, Debra Saunders had a momentary pause in her swearing-in, as her oath was not at the desk.

Moments later, Saunders was surprised by her nephew, visiting from deployment with the U.S. Army, who presented her with the oath.

Saunders and her nephew shared a teary-eyed embrace as attendees applauded. McKee followed up saying her nephew confirmed she fits the description for the role she’s taking on.

Her nephew held the bible in his fatigues as Governor McKee swore Saunders into her position of Associate Judge of the Rhode Island District Court.

House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi,  Senate Committee on Judiciary Chairwoman Dawn Euer and Chief Justice Paul Suttell were also in attendance and shared their thanks and congratulations to the newly appointed judges.

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