PDT Staff Writer
Judge William T. Marshall has taken out his petitions for reelection as judge of Scioto County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Marshall, who has served in that position for the last 11 years, took out petitions on Friday.
Best known for initiating the first time offender programs, which he began during his tenure as a judge in Portsmouth Municipal Court, Marshall said the program has allowed for dismissal of misdemeanor charges for first time offenders who have successfully completed rehabilitation programs. He also organized and officiates the S.T.O.P Program Drug Court, a program for first time non-violent, low level, drug dependent felons, who successfully complete intensive rehabilitation.
“This program has proven to be one of the most successful programs anywhere,” Marshall said.
Marshall was chosen as one of only five counties in the state to be a model for the rest and to increase low level offenders in getting off of drugs. Marshall said in eight years that the program has been operating, 96 percent of all participants that have successfully completed S.T.O.P. jave not re-offended.
“There is no position of public service more important to a community than that of a judge,” Marshall said. “That is why I am proud to announce that I am running for reelection as Common Pleas Judge. It is likely that you or your family at some time may visit Common Pleas Court. Whether that is as a visitor, a victim, or a juror, it should be a positive experience. However, those who break our laws must, of course, be held accountable. I am committed to providing fair and equal justice to all who come through the Common Pleas Court.”
Marshall, an honors graduate, obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati where he also received his law degree from the Cincinnati College of Law.
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