By JOE LAMB
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
Second Judicial District Circuit Judge John Fogleman announced his candidacy for the Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Fogelman, who has served as a Circuit Judge for 14 years, said in an interview Tuesday that he thinks he has "the hands-on experience needed to make fair and objective decisions needed on the highest level of the judiciary."
"I believe in the United States Constitution," he said. "I believe that judges take an oath to follow the law, and that's what we should do, and I think I've got a 14-and-a-half-year record of following the law, and in some cases I don't necessarily like the results it produces, but you've still got an oath to follow the law."
In the instances where he doesn't personally agree with the results of the law, he said, can be found areas where the state Legislature can change it.
"Really, it's a mere question of sometimes not all of the consequences of a law being anticipated for every fact situation, and sometimes when you put the law into practical application it's realized that 'oh, this is what we've created if the judge follows the law to the letter,' and it provides an easy remedy for that to be corrected through the legislature," he said.
Between 1985 and 1995, he said, he simultaneously served as a city attorney, deputy prosecutor, private practice attorney and school board member, accumulating experience he said is needed by any public servant tasked with reviewing the judgements made in trials.
"I was in private practice in 1981," he said. "I started private practice in my father's law firm, Hale, Fogelman and Rogers, in West Memphis, and in 1982 I became the city attorney for the city of Marion and then in 1983 I became a deputy prosecuting attorney for (Craighead County) and in 1985, I was elected to the Marion School Board and I served 10 years."
Fogleman was a deputy prosecutor in the so-called "West Memphis Three" trial in 1994 that led to the conviction of three young West Memphis men and has sparked ongoing controversy as to the validity of testimonies and evidence used in the trial.
"I don't apologize for anything in that case because I had the case presented to me and I prosecuted it to the best of my ability," he said Tuesday.
He went on to say that of the defense attorneys and prosecutors and those who have come before him in civil court, "you will find them to be almost unanimous in saying that John Fogleman follows the law; that I'm fair, I'm impartial and I'm objective."
Fogleman graduated with honors in 1981 from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville. He lives in Marion with his wife of 32 years, Nancy. They have two children: John, 29 and Adam, 26.
Appeals Court Judge Courtney Henry of Harrison announced her candidacy for the Supreme Court seat on Thursday. The position was made vacant with the retirement of Justice Tom Glaze.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at email@example.com. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)