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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – -  They preside over some of the toughest cases in Shelby County, but do you really know who they are? We're talking about your local judges.  Roughly 100 of them are running for office in the upcoming August 7th elections.

Judge Mark Ward has been the presiding judge over Criminal Court Division 9 for 10 years now. He's hoping to be re-elected come August. His opponent though is a tough competitor. After all, he taught her a few things as one of her former law professors.
"It is somewhat of a blow to have some person who you gave your knowledge to repay you by running for a position that quite frankly she's not quite ready for yet," said Ward.

Christine Cane says it's nothing personal. She was his student seven years ago, and currently practices criminal law. She says she has all the experience she needs.

"The legislature requires you have a law degree and be 30 years of age, and you get a lot of experience as a practicing defense attorney, it really gives you they experience and tools you need," said Cane.

Judge Ward has heard over 200 jury trials and has written a book on Tennessee law that's used by most judges. According to his records, Cane has never been the attorney of record in any jury trial in Shelby County.

"We have these very serious cases and you need a lot of experience in order to make sure the rights of both the victim and the defendant are protected," said Ward.

But Cane says she does have jury trial experience as a defense attorney in both Memphis and Nashville. But more importantly she says 201 Poplar is in turmoil.
"There are people that should be in jail that are not, and the ones that shouldn’t be are in there and that’s why this judicial election is very important," said Cane.

And if you want to learn more about these and other judicial candidates, you can get you chance at a Judicial Forum and Meet & Greet sponsored by the Association for Women Attorneys and in conjunction with the Informed Voters Project.

More than 60 candidates will be at the Benjamin Hooks library on Thursday night from 5 to 7pm.



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