Div. I: Mike Caldwell
This race has gotten heated, but it is not about crime, despite what you see in commercials.
Caldwell is a civil judge who has served well for 18 years.
Judges, attorneys and prosecutors agree Caldwell
is always prepared, well-reasoned, honest, hardworking, and impartial. (I looked at the Baton Rouge Bar Association survey of lawyers from 2001, which rated 36 judges in 27 different areas.
Not much has changed from what I heard this month.
The survey said, "Judges Caldwell, Daniel, Ponder, Reidlinger, Richey and Wall received consistently high scores.")
I did hear that Caldwell
could be criticized for sometimes being gruff, short or hard on those in the courtroom.
should address that shortcoming.
It just so happens that Judge Caldwell
is a Republican in a heavily Republican sub-district.
The voters need to get all the facts, and then they can be the final judges.
For me, based on evidence and the record, I must rule in favor of Judge Mike Caldwell and cast my vote for his re-election.