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I have often said that the Circuit Judge can have a great influence in the community where they serve. I think it is important for people who live in the 7th Circuit (Calhoun and Cleburne Counties) to have judges who will work hard and be fair to every person or entity appearing in Court.
Judge Malcolm Street will be retiring at the end of 2012 so there will be an opening available. He has served for 35 years with distinction and cannot be replaced, but it is very important to have someone well qualified to try to follow his example.
I have served 6 years as a Circuit Judge for the 7th Circuit of Alabama. I am currently serving as the Municipal Judge for the City of Piedmont and have served for the cities of Anniston and Oxford, when their permanent Judge was unavailable.
The Circuit Judge handles felony criminal cases and civil cases over $10,000.00 as well as city court and probate appeals. I’ve handled cases in these areas for all of my law practice.
Because Judges are restricted from communicating on how they would rule, judicial candidates can promise to be fair, impartial and to work hard as a steward of the people. I will reduce the labor intensity on our clerks and law enforcement by using the best available technologies. I will give particular attention to victims’ rights to assure their voices are heard.
I graduated from Cumberland School of Law on the Campus at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I graduated in 1985.
I have been practicing law for over 24 years. During that time I served as a Circuit Judge for 6 years. My entire legal career of law practice and judicial term has been in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
Experience counts and I believe that my previous service has demonstrated a strong level of commitment to the job. I reduced the criminal docket in Cleburne county from approximately 220 cases to under 50 in a period of one year.
I believe I am diligent and dedicated to people and projects that I am responsible for.