3/23/17 – The two candidates for the Dodge County Circuit Court Judge traded barbs at the Beaver Dam Chamber’s Election Candidates Forum last night. Incumbent Martin J. DeVries went up against challenger Randy Doyle. DeVries, who was appointed to the position in 2016, made comment on Doyle’s lack of diversity in the types of cases he has taking in his practice. Stating, his opponent has had 96 small claim collections, one criminal case representing a child pornography case, one divorce, and a forfeiture ticket. So that’s 96 versus 3 and the job of sentencing is one of the difficult parts of this job and I believe I’ve got the experience and the rigor in my practice to do that. Doyle, who is currently an attorney in Beaver Dam, agreed that he does handle more small claims cases than any other but says it is a result of him representing a collection company that wants to make sure their clients get paid for the goods and services they provide. Doyle adds that his cases are ongoing and a misrepresentation of his practice. Saying that family cases can take years to finish because if there are children involved they need time to grow up before decisions can be made. Later in the forum, Doyle points out an instance where DeVries tried to pass down a sentence that was mishandled. Stating, it took a half an hour to straighten out two illegal sentences that DeVries tried to order for the defendant and after those two illegal sentences and a lecture from the district attorney he finally gave a legal sentence. The format did not allow a response from DeVries but the candidates will have a chance to respond when they visit WBEV’s Community Comment next week.
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