City Attorney Redd appointed to District bench
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Feb 01, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cadiz resident and Hopkinsville attorney James Rodman Redd III has been appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to fill a judgeship post left vacated by retiring Judge William McCaslin. McCaslin, who resigned October 1, 2005 was District Court Judge for the 56th Judicial District. He served in that capacity along with Judge Jill Clark, who is still on the bench.

The appointment was announced last Friday, only four days after a nominating committee recommended him and two others to the governor to fill the vacant post.

The 56th Judicial District covers Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg Counties. Redd said he expects to be sworn into office in about two weeks.

Redd, a practicing attorney for eight years, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, president of the Cadiz Rotary Club, commissioner of the Trigg County Little League Football, and founder of the Cadiz United Methodist Church/ Big Brothers Big Sisters After-School Program.

He practices law with the Fletcher & Redd Law Firm in Hopkinsville where he handles both civil and criminal matters. Redd also is the current city attorney for the City of Cadiz.

His appointment will end effectively when he is sworn in as the District Judge.

Since his appointment to that position last year, Redd has been trying diligently to resolve pending legal action against the city that was filed prior to his being named city attorney. The suit involves a number of land owners and the apparently faulty annexation process by the city a number of years ago.

At one time, Redd announced the city and other parties involved had reached an agreement, but the matter has never been resolved.

“I regret that we couldn’t reach an agreement,” Redd said of the ongoing dispute.

As district judge, Redd said he would not hear any future cases concerning the dispute or be involved in any further action.

He also said he is looking forward to working with Judge Jill Clark in an effort to begin a drug court for Trigg County. He said Clark has already approached him about the formation of such a court and “I’m looking forward to that.”

At the time of his appointment, Redd said he also filed paperwork to become a candidate in the non-partisan race for a full term as District Court Judge. Although he has been thinking about seeking the position prior to the appointment, “the appointment is what really made me finalize the decision.”

He filed Friday for the seat.

He and his wife, Kendra have three children, Caroline, 8; Elizabeth 6 and James IV who is seven months.

His appointment is effective immediately.
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