Judge race not close

Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 09:11 AM.

Dear Editor,

In a couple of weeks, the voters of the 14th Judicial Circuit will be presented with an important decision concerning the issue of whether or not to re-elect Circuit  Judge Jim Fensom to another six year  term of office.  To me, it’s not even close. 

Jim has been an attorney for almost four decades.  During that time, he has acquired invaluable experience in virtually all areas of the law.  Not only has he prosecuted and defended criminal cases, but he has also served both as a plaintiff’s attorney and as a defense attorney in the civil arena. 

During his long run in private practice, he racked  up approximately 100 jury trials.  As a trial attorneymyself, I can assure you that nothing rivals the experience one gains in actually trying a case before a jury from beginning to end.   

Equally impressive is that while Jim was doing all of this, he was also active in the management of his law firm significantly contributing to its success year after year.  That, in and of itself, is no easy feat and is obviously another indication of Jim’s talents.

But, that is not the end of the analysis.  Since becoming a judge approximately eight years ago, Jim has worked tirelessly to do the very best job possible for the citizens of the 14th Judicial Circuit and has personally presided over approximately 50 jury trials.  

Obviously, all cases are important but some more so than others.  Contained within these 50 jury trials were numerous criminal cases involving serious bodily injury to a victimor even death, and civil cases involving the litigation of millions of dollars.  

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