Sheryl McCloud is better choice for high court
October 5, 2012 ó Sheryl Gordon
McCloud is the superior choice to fill the open seat on the state
Supreme Court now held by retiring Justice Tom Chambers.
McCloud is a trial attorney who has argued extensively before the
stateís high court as well as other appeals courts over the past 25
years. Itís clear she has a keen legal mind, a great deal of experience
handling complex cases and the right temperament to sit on the high
Her opponent, former-Justice Richard Sanders, brings a libertarian bent
and interesting perspectives to the law. He also has a keen mind.
Sanders served on the court for 14 years and generally did a good job.
However, he has a penchant for unnecessarily becoming embroiled in
Sanders has been a polarizing figure on the court. For example, his
attendance at a pro-life rally was rightly questioned and he came under
fire for speaking about a pending case with sex offenders being held at
Sanders approaches the law in a literal fashion. He doesnít see shades
of gray particularly well. His unbending approach to the law is not
If elected, Sanders would serve the people and his views would add some
value to the debate.
But we see McCloud as the better choice because of what she would bring
to the court.
Of the current justices on the court, few have the extensive criminal
law background of McCloud. While her civil experience is more limited,
it is significant enough that she could hit the ground running. She is
highly rated by the major bar associations.
McCloud, at 56, could serve three six-year terms before reaching the
courtís mandatory retirement age of 75. Sanders, at 67, could serve only
this term if elected.
In the final analysis, we see McCloud as the better choice for all she
will bring to the high court. Her compassion, reasoning skills and deep
understanding of the law will make her an excellent Supreme Court
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