Democratic Judicial Candidates Say Experience Matters

…“From the local mayor’s court to the Ohio Supreme Court, the judiciary is the least understood branch of government,“ said Trapp, a former two-term 11th District appellate judge who wants to return to the bench after a hiatus of working in private practice.

Trapp said the lack of knowledge about the courts is unfortunate because the judges the public elect make important decisions that could directly affect their lives.

“I’m running for the bench again because, while doing pro-bono work for Catholic Charities, I met a woman who reminded me that I can help only one person at a time as a private attorney, but I can help thousands with one decision as a judge,” Trapp said.

The woman told her she had a case, but all of the attorneys she spoke to told her the court would not hear it.

“I wanted to help her, and I remembered that as an appellate judge, I wrote a decision that said it is important to keep the court doors open to everyone,” Trapp said. “She, and everyone like her, is why I’m running.”

Trapp said her experience on the bench and as a trial lawyer counts.

“The court of appeals for most people is the court of last resort,” she explained. “Very few, perhaps only 8 percent, of cases will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. If it’s your case and you have one shot, you want an appellate judge who will consider the facts of the case and apply the law each time, not someone who predetermines how they are going to decide.”

She added, “It’s a catch phrase to say a judge should not legislate from the bench. People who say that do not understand the judicial process. Our process is based on common law, which means you have to consider the facts of each case. If it’s your case, you want that. During the home foreclosure crisis, I advocated for mediation. As a result, we saved thousands of people’s homes from foreclosure.”…
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