by Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, 10/26/13
Two seats on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas bench are being sought by three people, all with decades of experience in the county’s legal community and justice system.
Democrat Julia Malloy-Good and Republicans Patrick Carmody and Jeffrey Sommer are vying or the two open positions, individually touting their backgrounds and their temperaments I hopes of convincing voters they would make the best selections for the job of trial court judge.
Malloy-Good cites her long work in Family Court as an attorney and her current position as a special master in the county’s Family Court. Carmody points to his 30 years as a prosecutor in the county District Attorney’s Office, where he has tried more than 100 cases. Sommer refers to his career as a civil trial litigator and municipal solicitor as the backbone of his experience.
Whoever is elected, they will take on the job of hearing legal cases that come to the trial level of courts in the county. With the exception of some small claims cases and minor criminal offenses, all cases are funneled through the Common Pleas Court for initial resolution. In recent interviews, all spoke of their enthusiasm to take on the position of Common Pleas judge.
Malloy-Good, 61, of West Whiteland, has lived in the county since 1982, having graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She is married and has two daughters.
“I believe that I have the background and experience necessary to continue to serve the citizens of Chester County as I have, and do, serve them now,” she said recently. “I am ready day one to continue to do the job I am doing.” …
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