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October 24, 2012

Candidates Answer Questions About Circuit Judge Position

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — In an effort to inform the readers, the Daily Union has asked each candidate for major local races to answer questions.

The following are questions for Judge of the Circuit Court, Fourth Judicial Circuit - Shelby County. Candidates are Allen Bennett and Stephen Friedel.

Q: State your experience that would qualify you for the position as resident circuit judge.

Bennett: I have been a practicing lawyer for 44 years with concentration in business law, elder law, litigation, real estate, contract law, criminal and traffic law, estate planning and administration, family law, juvenile law, labor and employment law, personal injury law, and workers' compensation. As a general practitioner for most of my career, I have handled about every kind of case imaginable.

I have been an elected state's attorney, an appointed public defender, an appointed assistant attorney general, an elected state representative and am a certified mediator.

As state's attorney, I prosecuted multiple and various kinds of criminal and traffic cases. I also was counsel to the county board and the county's elected and appointed office holders.

As public defender, I defended every conceivable kind of criminal and traffic case.

As a state representative, I worked on and/or voted for or against varied and diverse laws. Governor Jim Thompson designated me as the chief sponsor of his “death penalty” and “Class X” legislation, both of which passed and became law by huge margins.  

My legal experience has been well rounded and will serve me well as the next Shelby County Resident Circuit Judge.

Friedel: Shelby County Assistant State’s Attorney (1996-2000) Fayette County State’s Attorney (2000-2012).

Criminal prosecutors get more courtroom experience than any other type of legal practice. Every case I have goes before the Court. I have prosecuted thousands of cases including; murder, criminal sexual assault and methamphetamine manufacture. I have tried over 50 jury trials and countless contested motions before the Court.

I have been accountable to those who have elected me throughout my career and my record is available for all in the public to see.

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