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Five apply for circuit judgeship

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:02 am

judge's gavelFive attorneys have applied to fill the circuit court vacancy that will be created in the 17th Judicial District when Judge Robert Crigler retires from the bench at the end of May.

Among the attorneys seeking the position are two assistant district attorney generals, one of which is from Fayetteville, serving the 17th Judicial District, which includes Lincoln County as well as Bedford, Marshall and Moore.

The attorneys who met Thursday’s noon application deadline are Brooke Charles Grubb of Fayetteville and Michael Randles of Lewisburg, both of whom are assistant district attorneys general for the 17th Judicial District, as well as Forest A. Durard, Jr., of Shelbyville, Barbara G. Medley of Lewisburg, and John Harvey Norton, III, of Shelbyville.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 8, at the Blue Ribbon Circle Club on the Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville to interview the candidates. A public hearing will be held at the start of the meeting and be followed by public interviews of the candidates.

Following the interviews, the commission is expected to nominate no more than three candidates for the vacancy, and from those, Gov. Bill Haslam will make an appointment or ask for a slate of more nominees.

Crigler, who oversees criminal cases in the 17th Judicial District, announced in January that he would step down, effective May 31. He was appointed to the bench in 2005 when he succeeded Judge Charles Lee and then elected to an eight-year term in 2006. Prior to that, Crigler served as a state prosecutor in the district.

The successful nominee will serve the remainder of Crigler’s term, which would extend into 2014. At that time, the judgeship would then be placed on the ballot.