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Letter: Candidate — Compare my trial experience against my opponents

In Maryland, all judges of the Circuit Court must run for election, whether they were originally appointed or not. The Circuit Court is the trial court for all of the most serious cases, criminal, civil and domestic. I am running for Judge because I want to give back to the community, and because I have, by far, the most trial experience of any of the candidates, over 31 years. The incumbent Judge was politically appointed, and I wonder on what qualifications the appointment was made, because he had never tried a criminal case before his appointment. His past trial experience as an attorney can be easily verified by reviewing the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. It suggests that he rarely, if ever, tried a domestic case, and his civil experience was limited to subrogation and other minor civil claims, and apparently, no serious personal injury, or malpractice cases either. The majority of the Circuit Court's cases are serious criminal, domestic and personal injury claims — over 80 percent. It appears the incumbent had little experience trying the types of cases typically heard by the court. The Circuit Court is an extremely important position where experience is essential, and where a judge should not have to learn on the job.

I have heard that some false rumors have been spread, claiming that I was not a resident or active in the community. These claims are ridiculous, as I reside in Hampstead, and have practiced law in Carroll County for over 31 years, in fact longer than my opponents. The outpouring of support I have received from the citizens of our county is plainly demonstrated by the number of signs they have posted to support me throughout the county.

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I challenge anyone to compare my record of trial experience against my opponents, as there is simply no debate regarding that. For these reasons, I am running for judge, and humbly request your vote.

George Psoras Jr.

Hampstead

The writer is a candidate for judge of the Circuit Court of Carroll County.

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