Previous Indiana County District Legal professional Patrick Dougherty, 47, touts his passion about the lawful process, and his working experience.
“With the issues of COVID-19 the next judge needs to be ready to stage in and get correct to get the job done,” Dougherty mentioned.
“My courtroom experience is unmatched, irrespective of whether it is felony jury trials, civil litigation or loved ones law,” he went on. “Since 2002, you would be tricky pressed to uncover a attorney who has expended much more time in the courtroom than I have. I have handled all forms of felony matters ranging from murder to rushing tickets.”
His track record consists of a diploma from Indiana Space Senior Higher University in 1992, a bachelor of arts diploma from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and a diploma in 2000 from Duquesne University University of Legislation. He also had summer do the job in 1998 with the murder prosecution device of the United States Attorney’s Business for the District of Columbia and in 1999 as a legal intern for federal Appeals Courtroom Choose Timothy L. Lewis.
He also labored in 1999 and 2000 in the Business of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and in 2000 and 2001 as a judicial law clerk in the Indiana County Court of Typical Pleas.
In 2001 he joined the Legislation Business office of Michael S. Delaney, afterwards regarded as Delaney, Dougherty & Fritz Pc, in the course of his 10 decades there.
“(I) handled (a) extensive array of civil litigation matters, such as family legislation, adoptions, oil and fuel, home troubles, own injuries, municipal regulation and estates,” Dougherty reported.
He also was an assistant district attorney from 2002 to 2008 when Robert S. Bell was Indiana County district attorney, initial assistant district attorney from 2008 to 2011 when Thomas M. Bianco was DA, then the county’s main prosecutor from 2012 to 2020.
There, he also supervised a workers of 13 chaired the Indiana County Felony Justice Advisory Board and served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute and the govt committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Affiliation.
“Working hand in hand with Judge (Michael T.) Clark to variety the Indiana County Veteran’s Treatment method Courtroom allowed me to operate with all the various stakeholders to develop a procedure that is good to all the individuals,” Dougherty recalled.
He also served on the county Jail Board, Parole Board and Drug Therapy Court, and from 2015 to 2016 was an adjunct college member of IUP’s Criminology Office.
“I also labored as component of a group with the court and Indiana County Jail to create the scheduling heart at the county jail, which permits these charged with crimes to be proficiently processed,” Dougherty explained. “I also labored with the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcoholic beverages Fee and the courtroom to institute a lot of systems at the Indiana County Jail to deal with drug habit.”
He also worked with the Alice Paul Home and Indiana County Child Advocacy Center and the court to develop and put into action the use of movie know-how to make it possible for little ones of tender a long time to testify by way of shut circuit tv to reduce the trauma of struggling with the defendant in open up court docket.
“It is about the citizens of Indiana County,” he went on. “Common Pleas Court can have a huge influence on people’s life. I have an understanding of the toll that being associated with the technique can have on families, victims, criminals. My aim is to make the most of my more than 20 a long time of courtroom working experience to ensure that anyone is taken care of with fairness and regard and most importantly that the law is followed.”
Because leaving business, Dougherty has his individual regulation workplace, is an teacher at the IUP Criminal Justice Instruction Center and has ongoing his neighborhood service, which started with a stint from 2003 to 2005 on the Indiana County United Way Board of Administrators, his getting a founding member of Indiana County Camp Cadet, his serving with Indiana Initially Down Boosters as a youth soccer commissioner, with Indiana Small League as a mentor, and with the Indiana Senior Superior Baseball Boosters as president.
He’s served with the ARC Communities Disability Workgroup, Boy or girl Advocacy Center Advisory Board, Grocers Battle Most cancers and the Knights of Columbus.
“If elected, I will normally stick to the law as written by the legislature,” Dougherty pledged.
“A decide is not vested with the electrical power to make new legislation from the bench but is to abide by the legislation enacted. I vow to get the job done tricky and often glance to make improvements to how the court docket can get the job done more competently for the citizens.”
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