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A Message From Sandy Russell

Independent, Fair, Experienced and Committed to the Equal Application of the Law to All

I believe strongly in the role of our courts in serving the ends of justice in our community.

Trial judges are the backbone of our legal system and the rule of law in our society. Their independence, fairness, and faithful application of the law to all who appear before them are what make our justice system function and are crucial to preserving the public’s faith in this core institution of our society.  
I am dedicated to doing all that I can to ensure that this public trust in our judicial system only grows through my service as a judge, which is why I am running as an Independent, because politics has no place in the court room. 

  I have nearly 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal judicial systems where I have successfully handled cases involving criminal law (both prosecution and defense), divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, probate, business and contract litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith, among others, and have participated in hundreds of mediations. 

I have also acted as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator in numerous cases. Arbitrators decide cases based upon the law where the parties have elected their cases to be decided in private arbitration proceedings, rather than a formal court setting. Their role is very similar to that of a judge.

The Superior Court hears important cases which have serious impact on the lives of Cochise County residents.  As a party to any court proceeding, you only get one chance to go before the Court and ask for relief.  This is commonly referred to as your “one bite of the apple”. Because you only get one chance for justice when you appear before a judge, you want to be able to trust that your judge will make the right decision the first time, without the need for a costly appeal.  This is a job where the right experience matters.  A competent Superior Court Judge must have significant knowledge and experience in many areas of the law.

With my broad experience as a practicing attorney and my experience as an Arbitrator and Mediator, I have the right experience.  I am the most qualified candidate running for the office of Superior Court Judge, Division Five and Cochise County's right choice for its next Superior Court Judge.  

I am fully committed to serving all citizens of Cochise County with distinction, fairly and impartially applying the law to everyone who comes before the Court, without exception.

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