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Circuit Court Judge candidate believes in accomplishments

Friday, March 16, 2012

Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph D. Trout, a Democrat, is running for re-election in the upcoming Primary election.

Trout believes he has had many accomplishments in his six years as circuit court judge including: Implementing a set of procedures that have been important in moving cases through the system, trying to set priorities for cases to be heard, limiting the number of continuances allowed, trying to make sure sentences are appropriate for serious crimes and rejecting plea agreements when he thought they weren't appropriate.

"Plea agreements aren't always a proper resolution," Trout said. "We've had many more trials than in past years prior to me being judge."

Before he was a judge, Trout spent 24 years as a lawyer, an experience he said benefited him greatly in his decision-making as a judge.

"I think anytime you make a change in your professional life like going from a lawyer to a judge, you want to finish what you start," Trout said. "In the tradition of the court, we've made a lot of positive changes in management of cases and how the changes get resolved, and I'd like to see that through."

Having lived in Clay County for most of his life, Trout said, "Some of my decisions have been appealed to the Court of Appeals, and in six years, I've never been reversed by the Court of Appeals in any ruling in any criminal case. I've been upheld in every civil ruling expect one issue in one case."

Trout has a passion for educating youth about crime. As a part of the circuit court judge position, the judge also serves as the juvenile court judge.

"I've undertaken to educate young people about rules of society and the consequences of crime," he said.

Trout has had mock trials and educational sessions for all county elementary schools during Red Ribbon Week, as well as for the YMCA Camp.

He said he implemented the entire out-of-school suspension program for the middle school and high schools of Clay County.

"I believe strongly that the younger you can convince a person to quit engaging in anti-social behavior, the better off they and society are in the long run," he said. "That's why I'm so interested in working with young people and having the opportunity to educate them on the consequences of their actions."

Trout is married with three children and two grandchildren.

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Seems to me all the so called accomplishments are a part of your job. Its not like you came up with the idea!!

-- Posted by beachbunny on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 8:03 PM

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