In the contest for judge in Criminal Court Division 3, attorney Latonya Sue Burrow is challenging incumbent Bobby Carter. Both were present at Tuesday’s Midtown Republican Club meeting to make the case why we should vote for them.
Ms. Burrow is a graduate of Rhodes College and University of Memphis. She worked in the public defender’s office and in 2011 started her own law firm on Broad.
“I’m short in stature, but smart and tough,” she told us. “I will do the right thing.” Ms. Burrow said she has been active in Girl Scouts, Knowledge Quest and the TV show “Facts about Law.” She believes it is important to be active in the community and that it is something a judge needs to do to do the job well.
Bobby Carter said he has served the people of Tennessee for 32 years, all in Shelby County. The Midtown native worked in the public defender’s office and was an assistant district attorney for 26 years before he was elected in a special election in 2010 to replace Judge John Colton.
Since then he has taken the largest backlog of cases in the county and prides himself on whittling them down substantially. Also, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed him to the Special Supreme Court to hear the case of Hooker v. Haslam, a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of a state court of criminal appeals appointment by Haslam.
“We judges have a unique set of cannons to deal with,” the Judge said. He indicated he holds himself to the highest standards in the court room.