3/30/17 – The incumbent candidate for Dodge County Circuit Court judge says experience matters. Judge Martin De Vries was appointed by the governor last year to fill the remainder of the term created following the early retirement of Judge John Storck. De Vries, who grew up south of Randolph and obtained a law degree from Valparaiso University, outlined his legal experience for us yesterday on WBEV’s Community Comment. He started his career as a litigator in California where he focused on municipal work, civil rights cases, personal injury matters and appeals. After moving back to Wisconsin, De Vries went to work for a law firm in Fond du Lac and spent the next year-and-a-half building up a client-base of municipalities throughout the state while also handling real estate, medical malpractice and employment litigation. De Vries says the law firm did not do family and criminal law but did nearly everything else including probate and estate planning. He also touted his experience in appellate court noting several published cases at the state and federal level along with arguing several times in front of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which he says helped prepare him to be a judge.
De Vries has been criticized by his opponent for mishandling a sentencing hearing. His opponent maintains that it took a half an hour to straighten out two illegal sentences that De Vries tried to order for a defendant which he contends resulted in a lecture from the district attorney before handing down the legitimate sentence. De Vries says that and other statements were inaccurate and offensive. He says after reviewing the transcript he can admit to using the word “consecutive” instead of “concurrent” and it was quickly straightened out. “I used the wrong words,” De Vries said, “it’s probably not the last time I’ll make a mistake like that it’s a human mistake.” De Vries also refuted claims from his opponent that he failed to tell the defendant that his firearm privileges were revoked and again pointed to the transcript while calling the assertion misleading. De Vries also rebutted claims that he dumped cases on colleagues saying he is using vacation days in the leadup to the election. De Vries meanwhile, questioned Doyle’s experience in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office saying he found no record of handling cases as a prosecutor.
Listen to our interview on Wednesday with incumbent Judge Martin De Vries here:
Listen to our interview on Tuesday with Beaver Dam attorney Randy Doyle here: