Judge Ward won Criminal Court Judge (Div. 9) by a mere 8 points. Ward was voted “Judge of the Year” by his peers in 2005 and endorsed by both the Democrat and Republican parties. Yet his opponent, Alicia Howard, garnered over 55 thousand votes in spite of the fact that she has “virtually no criminal experience” and filed for bankruptcy in 2000.

Jim Lammey trounced his opponent for Criminal Court Judge (Div. 5) by 30 points. Yet he had a weak endorsement from the Commercial Appeal and his opponent, Dewun Settle, was endorsed by the Democrat Party. I doubt that the voters knew or cared that Settle has been censured, found in willful contempt of court and pleaded guilty to charges of legal malpractice.

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