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Local attorneys seek judge's opening

Monday, December 17, 2012

Two Le Mars attorneys who prosecute all criminal cases in Plymouth County have applied to be appointed a district associate judge in 16 northwest Iowa counties.

District Associate Juvenile Court Judge Brian Michaelson, of Le Mars, is working as a senior judge 13 weeks a year rather than as a full-time district associate judge.

Michaelson has served as a district associate court judge since 1985.

Sixteen applicants for the district associate's judge vacancy include Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond and Assistant Plymouth County Attorney Amy Oetken, according to a press release from Leesa McNeil, district court administrator.

Other attorneys in the area who've applied include Frank Cleary, Jim Daane, Marchelle Denker, Priscilla Forsyth, Molly Joly, Joe Kertels and Rosanne Lienhard.

Diane Murphy, Stephanie Forker Parry, Frank Tenuta, Pat Tott, Roger Sailer, Julie Schumacher and Harold Widdison are also applicants, the press release stated.

On Tuesday, a commission will meet in Woodbury County to nominate three of the 16 applicants to be considered for the opening, the press release stated.

District court judges in Plymouth, Cherokee, Sioux, Ida, Monona and Woodbury counties will select the person to serve in the position during a meeting of the judges later this month.

The new district associate court judge's work will primary be in Woodbury County Juvenile Court, the press release stated.

District associate judges also hear civil cases where judgments may be issued up to $10,000.

The judges consider small claims, court cases involving young people in juvenile court and children in need of assistance as well criminal cases that are less serious than a felony.

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I'm not sure you are aware but Julie Schumacher who was ultimately appointed as district associate judge is from the area. She grew up in Alton and graduated from Spalding Catholic High School in Granville. Her parents are both from Le Mars originally. They are Dave (deceased) and Donna Dreckman.

-- Posted by krogman91 on Mon, Dec 31, 2012, at 1:22 PM

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