Judith J. Carlson: DA’s sour grapes uncalled for | SummitDaily.com

Judith J. Carlson: DA’s sour grapes uncalled for

Judith J. Carlson

As an attorney with 35 years of experience (six of it as a judge) I was surprised and disappointed to see District Attorney Mark Hurlbert’s “sour grapes” statements regarding Judge Terry Ruckriegle’s conduct of the Kho sexual assault case. I’ve known Mark Hurlbert for a number of years and have always found him to be a reasonable and good DA. Therefore, his statements were unexpected.

I have in the past represented both sides of similar cases and also sat as a judge on several. They are always emotionally difficult for everyone, including the Judge. It’s always easier to blame someone else for your losses than to accept that you did your best but still didn’t win.

I have practiced in front of Terry Ruckriegle for 20 years. I have found him to be intelligent, fair and thoughtful. Our office has had hundreds of hearings in-front of him and we all think he’s one of the better judges we’ve appeared before.

Mr. Hurlbert’s comments were unbecoming of a judicial officer and beneath the dignity of his office.

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