Hampden County D.A. in Washington D.C. for Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Members of the United States Senate questioned Hampden County’s District Attorney on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, and 22News was at the hearing in Washington, D.C.

Back in September, President Barack Obama nominated Hampden County DA Mark Mastroianni to be federal judge, a position that is a lifetime appointment.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a lot of power in the appointing process, and Mastroianni answered questions for the committee Tuesday morning.

The DA was questioned about prosecuting a case involving an unlocked handgun in a home, and also about his previous remarks on the decimalization of less than one ounce of marijuana in Massachusetts.

Only two members of the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee attended the hearing.

The next steps are for the Committee to make a recommendation to the entire Senate. The full Senate would then have to approve Mastroianni, and the President has to sign off on it as well.  The process could take a few more months, but Tuesday’s hearing was a major step in the process.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) introduced Mastroianni and Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield) attended a portion of the hearing.

On 22News starting at 5:00, we’ll reveal why several other Massachusetts district attorneys are meeting with members of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.

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