Jessica Jones – Seminole County
A Judge should possess a number of character traits including honesty and integrity.
On July 29th, a Judicial Candidate’s Forum was presented by the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. During the Q&A, Judicial Candidate Marc Jones embellished his trial experience.
Attached are the trial transcripts form one of the feature trials Marc Jones has been bragging about trying during his campaign. He frequently talks about a 12 day juy case that he tried before Judge Don Myers. It was a complex business litigation trial. The trial transcripts from this case have been pulled. Part of the case was tried by a jury and part was tried as a non-jury trial.
The jury trial transcript consists of 9 volumes and the non-jury trial transcript consists of 3 volumes. Each volume indicates the parties present during the trial and the Index to each volume indicates what the attorney actually did in the case.
In the jury trial, Marc DID NOT question or cross examine any witnesses, he did not do jury selection, he did not do opening statements, he did not do closing arguments. The same holds true for the non-jury trial. So, if he didn’t do any of these things, WHAT DID HE DO? It seems disingenuous to say that you did a trial under these circumstances.
If he were applying for civil trial board certification, this would not count as a trial. The case number for this case is 2008-CA-1466.
Note: The volumes marked NJT are the ones for the non-jury trial. This case was tried in Orange County, Florida.
If a candidate cannot be truthful during the campaign about their experience, what else can we expect if they were to be elected?