To the editor:
Last summer I agreed to serve as the manager for Judge Deborah Hedlund’s campaign for a position on the Minnesota Supreme Court. I did so because I have a long history of appearing as an attorney before Judge Hedlund in Hennepin County and have found her to always be fair, careful, and correct in her rulings. She is a judge who takes great care to follow the law and not legislate from the bench.
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Although I know Judge Hedlund well on a personal basis, I do not know which party she votes for or how she feels about any political issue. Deborah Hedlund does not express political views to anyone because a case may come before her and she believes all persons are entitled to an unbiased view of the facts of their case without personal prejudice.
Judge Hedlund is running for the Supreme Court because there is no one on that court with any substantial criminal law experience. Nor have any members served as a trial judge, except for her opponent who served from September 30 to December 16, 2005. Judge Hedlund, having served over 28 years on the state’s busiest court where she has tried over 20 First Degree Homicide cases, is well qualified to fill that lack of experience.
Sandra F. Gilbert, Esq.