Judicial candidates to meet with Perdue

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The three attorneys hoping to become the newest Superior Court judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit meet with the governor Friday.

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Gov. Sonny Perdue meets with each judicial nomination candidate for a personal interview before deciding whom to appoint.

The candidates selected for the short list by the state's judicial nominating commission are District Attorney Danny Craig, 52; Columbia County Magistrate Judge Wade Padgett, 42; and Augusta attorney E. Freddie Sanders, 58, of the Capers, Dunbar, Sanders & Bruckner law firm.

The governor doesn't have to pick his nomination from the list, but he has in past appointments.

He is under no deadline to make his selection. However, since Neal W. Dickert resigned Nov. 1, a senior judge has been working in the Augusta Judicial Circuit at a cost of nearly $500 a day.

Whomever the governor nominates will complete Judge Dickert's term, which runs through the end of the year. The office will be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

The nominee will join the seven other sitting Superior Court judges who preside over domestic, civil and criminal cases in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Mr. Craig, Mr. Padgett and Mr. Sanders were selected by the governor's nomination commission in October. The commission selected candidates for an open judgeship in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit the same day. The governor is still considering his selection for that opening, too.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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sharpshooter
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sharpshooter 01/02/08 - 10:42 am
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While not knowing all of the

While not knowing all of the candidates, I hope Danny Craig gets a lump of coal as his nomination. He brought shame to his office, failed his community, and is not worthy of the free trip to Atlanta. The other two may be great or I just don't know them as well.

That is the truth, the whole truth, and ........

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nowinna 01/02/08 - 11:36 am
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I know two of the people

I know two of the people trying for the judgeship and both being good people,its about who knows the law and who has the experience of the two.I have known Mr Sanders for many many years ,he comes from a successful law firm,however the decision will not be made by the writers or readers of this newspaper but by the Governor of the great state of Georgia.May the Governor make his decision based on experience and maturity rather than pity

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Dedicated 01/02/08 - 05:09 pm
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Sanders was not a great

Sanders was not a great cop.....so we will see how he does as a judge. he is politically connected and in Augusta that means more than qualifications or ability.

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wildman 01/02/08 - 05:33 pm
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Wade Padgett is the best man

Wade Padgett is the best man for the job. He has been a stand-up person in the community, with his church and family. If I had a vote I would vote for Wade.

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sharpshooter 01/03/08 - 09:59 am
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If Danny Craig is the

If Danny Craig is the District Attorney, he would be responsible for the success or failure of his departments public duties. The mishandling, or failure to see a case is properly investigated is referred to as failure. The same case, after four years of being lost, not investigated, or shelved as intended, is a crime in itself. When the federal government is forced to take the case, because the local DA will not, tells me there is a local problem. Maybe Danny will get the promotion, to Augusta's advantage. Then you can find a better DA than Mr. Craig. It's a form of southern style social promotion, to keep the good and bad moving up and away!

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