Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 23, 2012

Candidates discuss judge's duties


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If elected, Davis, a lifelong county resident, would "bring with me a strong sense of pride and a fierce protectiveness of our community. I believe in the value of our land, our people, our jobs, our homes and, most of all, our families. I believe in truth, justice and the public trust at the expense of politics and personal interests. Most importantly, I believe in the value of hard work. I am the type of person who will not rest until a job is done completely and done well.”

"Hard work and balanced verdicts" are the two issues on which Davis will focus if her campaign is successful.

Cox has more specific ideas. "The court is ever evolving depending on the issues before it and resources available to it in any given budget cycle.” He predicts, "The court will need to restructure the way in which it provides Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to the many juvenile cases before it annually.” Cox has been working on increasing the education requirements for attorneys serving as guardian ad litems (representing the interests of children or incompetent persons) and is continuing to explore the court's partnerships with addiction recovery services. "I am moving the court toward implementation of the Odyssey caseload management system through the Indiana Judicial Technology and Automation Commis-sion, which should save thousands of taxpayer dollars over time by eliminating service contracts associated with the current system.”

Both candidates see the same trend. Many of the crimes processed by the court were methamphetamine-based  five or 10 years ago. That has evolved to heroin today. In past cases, Cox reports, "I handed down some of the toughest sentences in our part of the state" and he vows that stance would continue if he gets elected to another term. According to Davis, "It is obvious from the speed with which these verdicts are returned that residents of this county agree with my take on the importance of taking action to reduce the drug problem. The mounting drug problem – and violent crimes ensuing from said drug-related activities – is of great concern to individuals and families in the community.”

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