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|Judge Candidates Meet at Candidates' Forum
|One candidate for a judgeship in a local judicial circuit says his experience is what should get him elected, while his opponent also believes that, and says public trust is important.
Democrat Paul Mangieri and Republican James Standard met at a candidates forum in Galesburg Thursday night; they're looking for a full term as a judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit, a seat Mangieri was appointed to almost two years ago after Judge David Hultgren retired.
As heard live on WGIL, Mangieri, former Knox County State's Attorney whose financial dealings while in that office were the subject of an investigation, said he believes his greatest strength as a judge is also his greatest weakness: a sense of compassion. "Even though there's 120 cases before me, and one attorney may have five or they may have three, or they may have 20, that one case is that one case for the individual that appears in front of me," Mangieri said. "So, to that extent, I'm always hesitant to move on to the next one because it doesn't matter. That's their case."
Standard -- an attorney in Monmouth -- says it's important for him, or any other judge, to maintain the public trust. "You must have a clear record of exercising good judgment. You must be able to look at those people who stand before you, and be in a position to expect them to respect the decisions that you make," Standard said. "The practicing bar, the attorneys that come before us...they must demonstrate respect, and we as judges must earn that respect by showing that we can serve the public."
You can download our broadcast of that forum, in its entirety, online by CLICKING HERE.
|10 03 08 by Newsroom
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