I met Judge Grodman a few months ago, and I really liked him and what he had to say. He seems like a fair person, and someone who cares about people. I really liked that he aims to keep people out of jail if at all possible. We talked for a bit one-on-one, and I wanted to write something about our talk. Alas, I have been incredibly busy and have not had the chance to write.
Primary elections are happening in Coconino County this month. I will vote to re-elect Judge Grodman.
Judge Grodman shared the “5 important points in a nutshell” below (italics are my comments):
— His court helps keep the mentally ill treated rather than jailed, as Howard started a very successful mental health court in JP court.
This is extremely important, as many mentally ill people end up falling through the cracks not only of the judicial system, but through our society. If people are treated for their issues – then we have a healthier society in general. It makes sense to keep people out of jail, especially if they don’t belong there in the first place.
— Howard initiated holding Flagstaff Justice Court in Tuba City and Leupp, thus reconnecting people with the court and quashing warrants.
Again, by holding court in Tuba City and Leupp, Judge Grodman keeps more people out of jail – bottom line: folks who are afraid to leave the rez or who don’t have the means to leave the rez to go to court now have a judge that will work with them – they can get on with their lives, and, may avoid jail time. For taxpayers: money saved.
— With an attorney-judge, felony cases don’t stall at taxpayer expense; a non-attorney cannot (by law) accept felony guilty pleas and often the accompanying agreed upon release from jail.
This saves time and money, as there is less jail-time awaiting trials.
— Howard is an attorney with 26 years full time law and court room experience. He has respectfully represented a wide range of people and entities as a public defender, assistant attorney general, and attorney in private practice, and has a fair and respectful judicial demeanor with those who appear in his courtroom.
He’s seen a lot!
— His court is one of the busiest in the state. His opponent is not an attorney, though he is a pro tem* (or substitute judge for a few courts)
1) adj. short for the Latin pro tempore, temporarily or for the time being. In law, judge pro tem normally refers to a judge who is sitting temporarily for another judge or to an attorney who has been appointed to serve as a judge as a substitute for a regular judge. When an appeals justice is not available or there is a vacancy, a lower court judge is appointed Justice Pro Tem until a new Justice is appointed. Small claims cases are often heard by an attorney serving as Judge Pro Tem. 2) n. short for a temporary judge as “Sam Collins is Pro Tem today.”