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Info from - Judge of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas (Term Beginning 01/01/2019)


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Candidate: PAT CONDON

Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney + Lake County Prosecutor's Office

Education: J.D. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1999); Bachelor of Science in Business Miami University (1994); St. Peter Chanel High School (1990)

Work Experience:
Career Prosecutor (Portage and Lake Counties)

Judicial Experience (courts and years): N/A

What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I began my career in the Portage County Prosecutor's Office as a municipal court prosecutor, a position I held for 3 years. I then moved into the position of sexual crimes prosecutor in Portage County for 1 year, focusing on prosecuting sexual crimes against children cases. For the past 14 years, I have prosecuted felony cases in Lake County, including Capital Murder, Murder, Rape, Burglary, and Robbery cases. Entering my 19th year of practicing law, I have handled more than a thousand criminal cases. I have tried approximately 75 jury trials, including over 50 felony cases and 1 civil case to verdict. I have argued numerous appeals to the 11th District Court of Appeals and 1 case to the Ohio Supreme Court. Professionally, I was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct. I am chair of the Lake County Bar Association's Meet Your Judge Committee and, until announcing my candidacy, was co-chair of the Judicial Selection and Endorsement Committee. I am also a member of the Notary Commission.

Why are you running for this particular court seat?
The job of a prosecutor is to do justice. That has been the sole focus of my legal career. Every case that I have handled I had to come to with an open mind. I had to look at each case based solely on the facts and the law. A prosecutor must look at all sides of the case to ensure that justice is done. These are the same skills that are required of a good Judge. Lake County has a well-earned reputation as having an excellent judiciary. The retirement of Judge Richard L. Collins, Jr., leaves a large void to fill.
Having practiced hundreds of times in the Lake County Court of Common Pleas General Division has given me an appreciation for what is required to fill that void and to maintain the standard of excellence that the Lake County judiciary is known for. Lake County deserves a Judge that will work hard, come to each case with an open mind, decide each case solely based on the facts and the law, and who will treat everyone who appears before the Court with dignity and respect. My background, both personally and professionally, have prepared me for this position. I am honored that my peers have given me the rating of I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Lake County as Judge.