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Letter to the Editor…judicial race…

Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney supports Pro-Tem Judge Amanda Benjamin

As a Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney, I appear in front of Pro-Tem Judge, Amanda Benjamin, on a daily basis. Without hesitation, Judge Benjamin is perfect in the role. She’s knowledgeable, fair, and even tempered. What the general public doesn’t see is how wise Judge Benjamin is with her use of the resources of Lincoln County and the State of Oregon. There’s only so much to go around, especially in this economy. EVERY decision a judge makes uses resources provided by taxpayers. Should someone be on supervised probation? Should someone be in jail? Should someone receive counseling? Should someone receive treatment? Should someone be hospitalized? The list is endless, but the amount of resources available is not.

As a Lincoln County Deputy DA I appear in front of Judge Benjamin consistently, I am able to see how thoughtful she is in her methodology applied to each person who appears in front of her. She is meticulous and intuitive in her approach. She wants to know as much about the defendant as possible. If this is a repeat offender, what didn’t work last time? Why didn’t it work? What could be done differently this time? What is the defendant receptive to? What resources would best be utilized to correct the behavior?

Every judge should be fair, tough on crime and sympathetic of victims. Judge Benjamin has those qualities. Equally as important, she understands the vast responsibility given to her as a judge to be a wise steward of the public’s money. Accordingly, she has my vote.

Michael Thornicroft
Lincoln County Deputy District Attorney
Newport

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