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Voter guide: Richard Trunnell, Judge of the Circuit Court (5)

Richard Trunnell

Candidate for Judge of the Circuit Court, 5


Age 58

Residence Annapolis

Occupation Judge of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County

Education I am a graduate of Gettysburg College and University of Maryland Law School

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Previous political experience


I was on the elected Crofton Special Tax District Board from 1994 to 2002

Why are you running for office?


I was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge by Governor Hogan after a though vetting process and am now an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge. I am running to continue to serve as a Circuit Court Judge.

Should judges be elected?


As a judge I have taken an oath and one of the requirements of that oath is that I not take political or policy positions. Therefore, I must respectfully decline to answer this question.

Should judges accept political contributions from members of the bar who may appear before them?


Given the current method of selecting judges, where candidates who are not found to be qualified by the bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission can run against those who have, all candidates must be allowed to get their message to the voters. The only way to do that is to allow a level playing field.

Should the appointment process Maryland currently uses to select judges be changed?


As a judge I have taken an oath and one of the requirements of that oath is that I not take political or policy positions. Therefore, I must respectfully decline to answer this question

Are you an advocate for diversion programs such as drug court, veterans court and other paths to help defendants avoid jail?


It has been proven that said programs are very effective in certain situations. I am a proponent of said programs for non-violent offenders who meet strict the strict requirements of said programs. As an example, the Adult Drug Court in Anne Arundel County rules and requirements are listed at: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/drug-treatment-court

Should MDEC be adjusted to end the practice of preventing court files from being sealed without judicial review?


As a judge I have taken an oath and one of the requirements of that oath is that I not take political or policy positions. Therefore, I must respectfully decline to answer this question.

Should law enforcement officers' names be removed from online court records?


Currently, most court records, with limited exceptions, are open to public inspection. Any change to said policies, would be a political issue and therefore, I must respectfully decline to answer this question further.

Should a judge's record of being overturned or upheld on appeal be easily available to the public.


Yes

Which is more important, sentencing guidelines or judicial discretion?


Both are important. The sentencing guidelines helps there be uniformity in sentencing and judicial discretion allows judges to utilize their judgment and experience to craft fair sentences that protect the community.

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